Updated: 9-2-21: All you have to do is go online or visit your local drug store to see how many options there are for thumb braces. Custom made, ready made, splints for resting your thumb, braces to support your thumb… the list is long! So how do you find the answer to the question – what thumb brace is best for thumb arthritis? Read on for tips on what to look for in a thumb brace and which thumb braces are best for your thumb arthritis pain and different activity levels.
Tips On What to Look For in a Thumb Arthritis Brace
While it really does depend on which part of your thumb is affected and the severity of your arthritis- in general you should look for a brace that supports or immobilizes the thumb joint(s) that hurt.
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You may also consider having two braces available. One for daytime use and one for nighttime use. For daytime use, a brace that supports and protects your hand and thumb is recommended and for nighttime use consider a brace that provides rest to calm your symptoms.
Here are few tips on what to look for in a thumb arthritis brace based on which thumb joints hurt:
1. Pain at CMC Joint
2. Pain at MP Joint
If the pain is mostly at the middle or “MP” joint- look for a brace that supports that joint and the CMC joint. The Fix Comfort Thumb Brace provides firm support to stabilize the middle and base of your thumb.
When Does Your Thumb Hurt?
Does your thumb hurt only when you are active or does it also hurt at rest?
1. If your thumb hurts only during activities, a light support soft or flexible brace may be all you need to support the joints while allowing you to move and use your hand
2. If your thumb hurts even when you are not using it, a firm support brace that immobilizes the thumb to allow it to fully rest may be what you need
Which Thumb Braces are Best for Different Activity Levels
Most thumb braces are designed for different levels of support for different activity levels. In general, you should look for adjustable braces that let you control how much compression and support they provide.
- If you will be wearing the brace during daytime activity, look for lightweight options that are designed to support while still allowing some motion
- When you have to do something that requires dexterity, look for non-bulky materials that let you hold things in your hand so you are not tempted to take it off
In some cases, you might need two splints, one for nighttime and one for daytime. 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 completely restricting your thumb motion. A firm, comfortable thumb brace at night limits motion and enables the thumb joints to rest, reducing pain and inflammation.
It’s always recommended that you consult with your health care provider before beginning any treatment. When looking for what thumb brace is best for you, it really depends on your thumb arthritis pain level. Often you can start off with a light support brace that provides compression to reduce your pain, but still allows you to function.Like what you’ve read? Click here to subscribe to the blog!
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