Best Supports for a Broken Wrist
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
The wrist is a vastly complicated area of the body, and is the most complex joint in the body, made up of a network of bones and ligaments. When the bones of the wrist become fractured, nearly every activity in your life is affected and it can be hard to get through a day as you normally would. That's why, when a Broken Wrist arises, it's crucial that you get to a doctor as soon as possible, and learn your correct diagnosis so that you can tackle the problem head on and receive the correct treatment.
What is a Broken Wrist?
Since the wrist is such a complicated area, a Broken Wrist can show itself in an almost endless number of ways. The area is made up of eight tiny carpal bones, connected to the ulna and radius, which are the two main bones of the forearm. When any of these bones become fractured, you've got yourself a Broken Wrist. These breaks can happen in an array of combinations, and a variety of severities, each with a different recommended treatment and length of recovery. To learn more about Broken Wrists, along with causes, symptoms and treatments, click the link below.
Treatment of a Broken Wrist
As has been mentioned above, treatment of your Broken Wrist will depend both on the severity of the break, and the bones of the wrist involved. They can also depend on the types of activities you need to carry out, and your general health at the time. Most commonly, treatment depends on whether the fracture is stable (where the bones can reliably be set back in position), or unstable (where the bones are prone to shifting).
This type of Broken Wrist is usually more complex, and may require surgery. If a splint or cast is administered without surgery, the bones can often shift out of position, leading to risks of further injury, or the bone healing crookedly.
These Broken Wrists can usually be treated more easily. In some cases, minor repositioning must be done, known as a "closed reduction", in which the bone can be positioned without surgery. After that, an immobilising splint should be used in order to allow the area to rest and reduce the risk of reaggravation of the injury. This splinting is usually combined with the use of anti-inflammatory medication, along with physical therapy to rehabilitate the muscles and ligaments of the wrist.
Best Wrist Supports for a Broken Wrist
Here at WristSupports.co.uk, we stock a range of wrist supports, splints and braces to help your Broken Wrist heal. These should ideally be combined with wrist elevation, icing and the administration of anti-inflammatories to give you the best chance of a speedy and healthy recovery.
We've taken the liberty of selecting some of our favourite Wrist Supports for a Broken Wrist, which we'll lay out for you below.
Ossur Form Fit Wrist Brace with Thumb Spica
When you're dealing with a Broken Wrist, especially one that involves the radius (thumb-side forearm bone), immobilisation of the wrist and thumb is key. The Ossur Form Fit Wrist Brace With Thumb Spica is designed for this purpose, keeping both the wrist and thumb in place so that your bones can heal correctly.
This Brace can both relieve pain and shorten your recovery time, and can also be used to treat other types of fractures, such as a broken thumb. Its 3D form fit moulding technology ensures comfort and a proper fit, and the design is customisable for personalised support. It features varied padding in different areas, and is considered an exceptionally reliable support for those who require both wrist and thumb immobilisation
Ossur Form Fit Wrist Brace
For less complex Broken Wrists that involve central wrist bones only and not the thumb, you need a brace that focuses on sturdy wrist immobilisation, while still allowing a degree of freedom for the other digits. Particularly suited for the recovery of sports injuries, the Ossur Form Fit Wrist Brace will provide you with structural support to the affected area that is strong enough for either dislocated or Broken Wrists.
This Brace is contoured along the distal palmar crease, which allows for 90° M.P. flexion. A precisely sculpted narrow web space prevents any pinching between your fingers and thumb, and contact closure straps provide a simple user experience. Comfort is key with this Wrist Brace, as it is made with breathable Lycra lining the interior, preventing unwanted friction or abrasion during wear. For protection of the wrist while allowing finger and thumb movement, this brace can't be beaten.
Procool D-Ring Wrist Splint
Once your recovery from your Broken Wrist has begun to progress, you can slowly start to allow some limited movement in the area. The Procool D-Ring Wrist Splint provides you with the support your joint needs, while maximising comfort and allowing you to begin slight movement of your joint once again. Built for convenience and safety, this Wrist Splint features a circumferential design with a D-ring fastener, allowing quick and easy one-handed application.
This brace is perfect for aiding your recovery in its latter stages, limiting flexion just enough to reduce pain and speed up your healing process. It allows full finger function, allowing you to slowly reintroduce your daily activities, and letting your ligaments and muscles become used to a slight range of motion. A dorsal stockinette lining ensures your wrist will be comfortable, providing a pleasant way to ease your wrist back into action.
Benecare Open Thumb Neoprene Thumb and Wrist Support
When you've reached the final stages of your recovery, you should begin to test your wrist throughout a full range of motion, without giving up your support entirely. The Benecare Open Thumb Neoprene Thumb and Wrist Support is designed for this purpose, supporting your wrist without restricting mobility.
This will allow you to go about your day as you would without an injury, while benefiting from the peace of mind of knowing that you still have a bit of support. It features an open thumb and wrap-around thumb support, making it suitable for complicated breaks that involved your thumb or radial-sided carpal bones. With a removable stay and targeting support for the CMC and MCP joints, this Support will have you well on your way to using your wrist freely and support-free.
For further information about these Wrist Supports for a Broken Wrist, or to view our entire range of braces, supports and splints for all stages of recovery, click the yellow button below.