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Wrist splint

Wrist splint

A wrist splint can be worn to support the wrist while holding it firm and still (immobilize it).

A good wrist splint should:

  • Be comfortable, washable, durable, and easy to remove.
  • Keep the wrist in a neutral position. The wrist is generally in a neutral position when you are holding a glass of water, with the thumb in line with the forearm.
  • Restrict wrist movements while allowing fine hand movements.

Splints are available without a prescription from a drugstore, or with a prescription from an orthopedic or medical supply house. Physical and occupational therapists can custom-fit splints made from lightweight materials. This often reduces the clumsiness of wearing a splint.

Current as of: July 1, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Herbert von Schroeder MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery

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