About Elbow/Wrist Bracing
Elbow and wrist braces are used for a variety of purposes including injuries to the hand and thumb.
Elbow braces, sleeves and straps
Elbow bracing is designed to apply pressure to the muscles of the forearm, taking pressure of off the injured tendon. Wear them while working or playing sports, usually up to six weeks while the tendon recovers. These types of elbow supports are typically made of fabric, like neoprene, and sometimes plastic for added support. Elbow bracing should not be used as a sole means of treatment, but should supplement muscular stretching and strengthening exercises.
These are worn to support or immobilize the wrist, and to take stress off of the tendons. Wrist braces are commonly used for chronic conditions like arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis. The level of flexibility of the brace is determined by the injury or condition. Braces that immobilize the wrist are typically more rigid and prevent the wrist from twisting or bending.
Thumb braces, or spicas, are used when tendinitis affects the thumb side of the wrist. These braces cover the wrist, bottom of the hand and the thumb joint.
These types of braces are worn post operatively or post injury, and are designed to immobilize and control range of motion while the joint recovers. The type of brace used is dependent upon physician protocols and indications. To find out more about elbow and wrist braces, go to Breg Elbow/Wrist Braces
If you and your doctor have decided surgery is the best treatment for you, your options may include surgery to repair or remove swollen or damaged tissue, or joint replacement surgery. To learn about more about these and other surgical procedures, view the videos, below.
Other non-surgical options to help manage pain and joint instability: cold therapy and rehabilitative exercises. Cold Therapy: Ranging from simple ice packs to motorized cold therapy (an insulated cooler with a pump and pads that deliver cold to specific joints), your doctor may suggest using cold therapy to reduce pain and swelling of an injured joint. All cold therapy, including ice, can be cold enough to damage your skin, so regardless of what kind of cold therapy you use, follow your doctor's instructions.
Exercises for Joint Rehabilitation: Your doctor may recommend exercises to help enhance your recovery. This may include exercises for stretching to gradually increase range of motion, and strengthening to regain joint function.