Your doctor may recommend using a wristband for various problems affecting the wrist and hand. For rheumatic diseases, nerve compression ( carpal tunnel syndrome ), tendinitis, tendon injuries, wrist injuries, paralysis-stroke, it may be necessary to use wristbands as a part of treatment. In these cases, the physical therapy and rehabilitation doctor usually writes the wristband prescription and report, and the patient buys the recommended product from private orthotic-prosthesis and medical supply stores, also known as “orthopedics medical”. Some bracelets need to be custom made. In this case, a bracelet is produced according to the person by taking measurements. In other cases, it can be started to be used by choosing the appropriate size from the pre-produced ready-made models.
The wrist can be given different names such as orthosis, splint or splint. In this article, we will talk about the use of wristbands, which are especially recommended for rheumatic diseases, tendon injuries and nerve compression. We have mentioned in another article about hand wristbands recommended for stroke and paralysis .
The use of wristbands by people with pain in the wrist or fingers helps to keep the joints in the correct position. There are different wristbands for use at rest and while working.
Static Wrist Rest Splint
Wristbands used at rest are designed to be worn when the hand is not actively used during the day or night. In people with inflammatory rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, it may be necessary to rest the hand during the exacerbation of the disease or in a sudden injury such as a tendon injury or strain. With the hand rest splint, a suitable environment is provided for the healing of the tissues, pain, morning stiffness and edema can be alleviated. Resting splints can be custom-made by orthotic-prosthesis technicians using thermoplastic material and velcro tapes.
How to Wear a Resting Wristband?
Open the tapes. Place your hand inside the bracelet. There should be no gap between the wrist and the bracelet. Some bracelets may also have a thumb loop. Make sure the thumb is properly seated. Then close the velcro fasteners. Do not tighten too much. First tighten the band close to your elbow, then close it towards the tip.
Static Wrist Working Splint
There are also working wristbands that can be used to support the joints when using the hand actively. In this way, daily or professional work can be continued with less discomfort. Work wristbands support the wrist and give it a more solid feel. It reduces pain and increases grip strength. In turn, it restricts movement and flexibility. Wristbands designed for use during activity are mostly ready-made. It is made of synthetic rubber-like material such as neoprene and velcro tapes.
How to Wear a Working Wristband?
Work wrists feature a metal bar on the palm side for support. First, open the velcro straps. Position your hand so that the supporting metal bar fits snugly against your wrist. Close the bands without overtightening. In work wristbands, the narrowest part of the wrist, which is close to the wrist, is closed first. If it is started to be closed from the part close to the elbow, as in the rest splint, the wristband may slip down and prevent the movement of the fingers.
If there is a problem in the thumb joint, a thumb spica splint can be used to better support it. When wearing this type of bracelet, the thumb is placed in the appropriate position first.
Things to Consider While Using Wristbands
Check your skin regularly for redness and tenderness while wearing the bracelet. Such symptoms may occur from allergy to the material from which the splint is made. Other possible causes are skin damage due to friction or excessive squeezing due to the splint not fitting properly on the wrist.
The wristband should not be used all day, otherwise the stiffness of the joints may increase. Depending on the purpose of use, the wristband is worn at rest or working time, at other times it is removed. After removing the wristband, exercises should be done to stretch the wrist and fingers.
If there is redness on the skin or numbness in the fingers due to wearing a wristband, use should be terminated. If it does not fit the hand properly due to the wear of the material, if there is friction, it should be replaced.
You can get information about the cleaning and maintenance of the bracelet from the store where you bought it. Most pre-made work wristbands can be washed in the washing machine. Check the label to be sure. Don’t forget to remove the metal bar inside before throwing it in the machine. You can wipe specially produced wristbands with a damp cloth. You can use warm, soapy water for cleaning. Use a towel to dry, do not leave it in the sun or in front of a heater.