Wrist Brace Buying Guide
When recovering from injuries, your wrist, hand or arm will have the best support possible with a wrist brace. It keeps your wrist immobile to allow healing and protect it from further damage. Here’s a guide to finding the best write brace.
Types of wrist braces
Typical wrist splints are meant to protect and support the wrist while it mends from its injury. Repetitive strain injury braces keep the wrist in a fixed position to avoid the movements that caused the damage. There are also braces used in sports as well as more robust braces for rehabilitation after an operation or surgery.
You can choose between braces attached by Velcro straps or hooks. It may be one strap or as many as three but the more straps it has, the more rigid the brace will be.
Comfort and cushioning
Thicker cushioning will provide more comfort and softness. However, if you need more flexibility and lesser restriction on your movements, you might prefer a thinner layer of padding.
Breathability of the material
The material used for the brace may either be suede, polyester or cotton. Some materials will facilitate more air flow than others to keep your wrist dry, reduce perspiration and avoid the growth of bacteria.
The right size
An ideal fit is an important factor when making your choice. Although most braces can be adjusted to fit standard sizes, if you have smaller or larger hands than usual, you need to take accurate measurements in order to select a brace that fits well for the best comfort and support.