Injuries to the hand occur very often in volleyball, especially when blocking a spiked ball. The thumb is especially susceptible to injury because it takes the brunt of the force from the ball, leading to sprains and strains… and in some cases even fractures. The most common of these thumb injuries is a thumb sprain.
Thumb sprains occur when the ligaments in the joint are stretched beyond their natural range of motion or during impact to the hand. This can lead to pain when moving the thumb, as well as swelling and a “loose” feeling in the joint. The best thing to do to help the thumb rehabilitate is to allow it to rest. This may mean up to 4 to 6 weeks away from the volleyball court. Your doctor may recommend a thumb support. These thumb supports help immobilize the thumb to give the ligaments time to heal.
Your doctor may also recommend cold therapy and compression on the thumb area. In some cases, rehabilitation with thumb strengthening exercises could also be used. It’s important to treat the injury so that your thumb restores stability and has less chance of being injured again during a future volleyball match
If you’ve injured your thumb during volleyball or any other activity, and are looking for extra support, check out our thumb braces today!
De Quervain’s disease is a painful inflammation of the tendons that control the movement of the thumb. In addition to this pain, swelling and difficulty moving the thumb and wrist during activities that involve pinching or grasping can also occur. Though the exact cause is unknown, de Quervain’s is commonly associated with overuse of the wrist and thumb during repetitive tasks.
Wearing a thumb wrist brace can help support your wrist and thumb and may help relieve the symptoms of de Quervain’s syndrome. Here are some thumb and wrist braces that are recommended for de Quervain’s:
- DonJoy ComfortFORM Wrist & Thumb Support – This thumb wrist brace contours to your hand for proper fit and support. It helps stabilize both your thumb and wrist, alleviating pain from de Quervain’s syndrome.
- ProCare ThumbSpica – This thumb support is specifically made to help alleviate symptoms of de Quervain’s in the thumb and wrist joint. It has an open design that keeps your hand cool and your fingers free to perform tasks, while protecting and supporting your thumb.
- ProCare IMAK Smart Glove w/ Thumb – This thumb sleeve is ideal for the prevention and relief of repetitive motion injuries, such as de Quervain’s. It includes a comfortable bead-filled wrist pad to help support your hand and to help raise your wrist into proper position.
All three of these thumb and wrist braces are made from high-quality materials and are lightweight and easy to use. Plus they’re cost effective – so you may get de Quervain’s pain relief without emptying your wallet!