Choosing a Splint or Brace – Which One Is Right for You?

When you hurt, you want to feel better- quickly! If you have Arthritis, Tendinitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or other health conditions or injuries, you may need a splint or brace to decrease your pain, improve your function, and help speed up the healing process. But, how do you pick the correct support level for your condition? When choosing a splint or brace, most are designed with different support levels and a specific amount of control, depending on how they are worn and how long they are worn.

Support Levels for Splints and Braces

Splints and braces are commonly labeled light, moderate, and firm according to the degree of support they provide.

1. Light SupportUses compression and targeted support to control motion and is a reminder to avoid stressful activities.  The 3pp Prima Thumb “fits like a glove” thumb brace provides  light support to help relieve pain from CMC and MCP Thumb Arthritis, Ligament Injuries or Overuse Injuries.

3pp prima thumb brace for cmc thumb arthritis

 2. Moderate Support Limits motion to a safe range and supports joints to reduce stress during activities. The 3pp Wrist Wrap NP provides  moderate support and keeps the wrist in the recommended neutral position to reduce wrist pain due to Arthritis, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Tendinitis, Strains or Sprains.

3pp wrist wrap for wrist sprains, arthritis or tendinitis

3. Firm Support Protects the targeted joint(s) but still allows necessary hand function.   The CMCcare Thumb Brace  provides targeted support to the base of the thumb to reduce the everyday pain of CMC arthritis while leaving  fingers and thumb free to move for all day comfort and function.

4. Firm+ Support Limits or immobilizes targeted joints for rest and protection to allow healing. For more severe pain caused by injury, overuse, and arthritis, firm plus+ splints are designed to allow joints and tissues to fully rest and heal by limiting or stopping motion. The 3pp Ez Fit ThumSpica Splint securely holds the thumb in an ideal position to rest the thumb to relieve pain caused by de Quervain’s, Skier’s and Gamekeepers Thumb and overuse injuries.

Do You Need More Than One Brace?

In some cases, you might need two splints, one for nighttime and one for daytime. Most people have more than one pair of shoes depending on whether they are walking or running. And many people have more than one pair of glasses – a pair for reading and one for driving. The same is true if you wear a splint or brace to treat a condition or an injury. Depending on the severity of your condition and your level of  pain, the brace you need when you are active or out and about, may not be what you need at night or at rest.

During the day, when you need to move more, you may need a light support splint that provides light compression without restricting motion. A firm, comfortable splint for night limits motion and enables the muscles and joints to rest, reducing pain and inflammation. Those who have symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome often wear a splint that keeps the wrist supported but allows them to use their hand during the day and a brace during sleep to help the tendons and nerves rest.

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Our blogs are educational in nature and are not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Because your condition is unique to you, it is recommended that you consult with your health care provider before attempting any medical or therapeutic treatments. We are always happy to answer questions about products mentioned in our blogs, however, we cannot provide a diagnosis or medical advice.

One comment on “Choosing a Splint or Brace – Which One Is Right for You?

  1. I like that there are different splints for different injuries and their severity. I know a lot of people who have at least one splint for either their hand or their ankles. I feel like that is something that a lot of people have problems with. I think having light to moderate control on the splits are an idea.

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