Wrist Braces vs Wrist Splints: The Differences and What You Should Know

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

Throughout the day we use our hands constantly and subsequently our wrists as well. Whether we a signing our name for purchase, typing, texting, driving etc. our wrists play an essential part of our every day life, and it is generally not until our wrists are injured in some way shape or form that we realize how much we take them for granted.

Regardless of need for a wrist brace or a wrist splint be it carpal tunnel, sprain, fracture, stroke, or surgery, here at Bionic we have several available to fit your needs.

Much like any other kind of bracing, there are several different kinds of wrist braces and splints to fit patient specific needs, however, many do not know the difference between the two (YES! There is a difference!). Wrist splints are generally worn short term. Usually used as an alternative to a cast, splints provide immobilization, stability and are generally used for fractures or even as a form of protectant after surgery. Wrist braces are generally worn long term and used sometimes as a step down from a splint. Bracing keeps the wrist in neutral position and are typically what doctors order for carpal tunnel, sprains, and tears but can also be used for minor fractures.

Aside from bracing for fracture and surgeries there is also wrist bracing used for patients who have had a stroke. Wrist, hand, finger orthoses used for stroke patients are used with a goal set in mind to make the hand as functional as possible. If a stroke patient loses the function of their hand and wrist, a long-term brace is used to keep their hand and wrist in a neutral position in order to prevent muscle contracture and spasticity.

By: Moriah Griffin, Certified Orthotic Fitter at Bionic

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