Best Supports for Instability of the CMC-1 Joint
Monday, 21 August 2017 | Amy
When suffering from instability of the CMC-1 joint, it is important to support the thumb with a suitable wrist support or brace. Not only can this encourage a quickened rate of recovery, but it will also help to prevent any further damage to the thumb while it heals.
With a range of supports available both for mild conditions and for use following surgery, it may seem daunting when it comes to finding the right one for your individual requirements. To make this process easier for you, we've highlighted five of the best wrist supports for treating instability of the CMC-1 joint.
Do I Have Instability of the CMC-1 Joint?
While seeking diagnosis from a medical professional is always advised before undergoing any self-administered treatments, there are certain signs and symptoms that may help you to identify whether or not CMC-1 joint instability is the likely condition.
When the ligaments surrounding the first carpometacarpal (CMC-1) joint, which is also known as the trapeziometacarpal (TCM) joint), become damaged, dexterity falters. It can become painful, or even impossible, to grab or pinch, thus reducing the normal functionality of the hand. If you are struggling to perform routine tasks with reduced thumb mobility, you may be suffering from instability of the CMC-1 joint. If you wish to learn more about the condition, follow the button below.
Finding the Right Wrist Support
Once you have received a diagnosis, you can begin seeking the most suitable wrist support for your condition. Whether utilising the benefits of a support to ease the effects of mild CMC-1 joint instability, or to encourage healing during post-operative rehabilitation, there are a wide range of supports that can expertly cater to your needs. Below you will find just five of the wrist supports that can help you on your way to recovery.
Ossur Form Fit Wrist Brace with Thumb Spica
If you are looking for optimal support, then the Ossur Form Fit Wrist Brace with Thumb Spica is ideal for simultaneously providing pain relief and encouraging healing. It offers effective long-term immobilisation, preventing the thumb from bending in any uncomfortable or unnatural positions to protect it from suffering further damage while it mends.
The patented Form Fit 3D moulding technology also provides an enhanced fit, with padding around the support for superior comfort. As the material of the brace is both lightweight and breathable, it can be worn for extended periods without becoming uncomfortable or unhygienic, ensuring that you can receive essential respite from the effects of CMC-1 joint instability while the area repairs.
Pro-Rheuma Thumb Spica
Following surgery or when the joint is already healing, compression to aid recovery can be provided by the Pro-Rheuma Thumb Spica. This high level of compression can quicken the rate of recovery to help restore your former dexterity, while also offering pain relief with a breathable and supportive design.
The thumb stay stabilises the CMC and metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints to further reduce pain, and with the soft microfleece lining the brace can be comfortably worn throughout the day for ongoing support and respite. As it is easy to apply with a simple hook-and-loop closure design, it can be worn instantly so that it can provide pain relief and healing as quickly as possible.
BeneCare CMC Comfort Thumb Splint
Post-operative rehabilitation can often be a lengthy process, and during this time it is important that your wrist brace can provide ongoing support. With the BeneCare CMC Comfort Thumb Splint, the neoprene fabric remains comfortable and breathable during extended periods of wear, ensuring that you can receive the support you need without compromise to the quality of rest and healing required during rehabilitation.
The Terrycloth liner is antimicrobial for assured ongoing hygiene, and the liner also works to keep the skin cool and the support comfortable. The Comfort Thumb Splint also provides targeted support for the CMC-1 joint, with the inclusion of a padded strap to stabilise the thumb. This will help to control the pain in the thumb without hindering the dexterity of the fingers, making it ideal for daily wear without reducing performance.
Bauerfeind Rhizoloc Thumb Support
When undergoing rehabilitation, ensuring that the thumb is correctly positioned is paramount to aiding a successful recovery. The Bauerfeind Rhizoloc Thumb Support ensures that the thumb is correctly aligned and stabilised, while also protecting it from any incidental knocks or further injury while the joint improves.
Not only does the thumb support provide optimal stabilisation, it also helps to speed up the recovery time. It can be adjusted to offer ideal restriction of mobility, and the breathable material prevents the skin from becoming itchy. As the thumb support can adapt to a range of situations and conditions, it is ideal for providing positioning and stabilisation.
Jura Long Wrist Thumb Brace
Wearing a wrist support for any length of time may feel cumbersome if it does not adapt to your lifestyle. With the Jura Long Wrist Thumb Brace, however, it offers flexibility and skin conformity for optimal dexterity and fit. The dual compression elastic of the two-piece design provides enhanced support, while the longitudinal seams conform to the wrist, hand, and forearm for a perfect fit.
For effective thumb support, the brace includes a thumb stay to help stabilise the joint during rehabilitation. This stay can also be adjusted to the required degree of abduction to provide a more customised level of support. If flexibility and conformity are at the top of your priorities when selecting the best wrist support for your CMC-1 instability, the Jura Long Wrist Thumb Brace will do the job.
These are just some of the wrist supports and braces that can help you treat your CMC-1 joint instability and help you on your way to recovery during post-operative rehabilitation. To view our full range of wrist supports for instability of the CMC-1 joint, follow the button below.