Reasons to Wear Wrist Braces

There are many everyday activities that can cause wrist pain. Here are some activities that commonly cause wrist pain, which is often preventable by wearing wrist braces:

Sports – Certain sports may cause wrist pain, such as tennis and golf. In some sports the position an athlete plays may increase the chances for wrist injury, such as a football quarterback or a soccer goalie.

Stocking – Employees that work in stocking or shipping/receiving may be at risk for wrist injuries or wrist pain. The repetitive motion in these job tasks can often strain the wrist.

Working at an Office – Those that work in an office setting may place stress on the wrist while typing or using a computer mouse. The good news is that many workplaces have adapted ergonomic practices by educating employees on proper positioning at the desk and purchasing equipment better suited for joint help. However, long hours at the computer without the proper wrist support may still cause pain.

Video Games – Many individuals relax by playing video games in their spare time. However, they may actually be placing stress on their wrist joint. Video game players are often guilty of spending lengthy hours using a keyboard, mouse or controller, without taking a break.

Prior Injury – If you’ve had a prior injury, such as a wrist sprain, your wrist may suffer from lingering pain due to weakened muscles or ligaments.

Other Activities Involving the Wrist – Activities such as painting, writing or working with tools may all cause wrist pain, especially if performing these activities for long periods of time.

Wearing wrist braces may provide the support you need to help alleviate wrist pain while participating in these activities. A good wrist brace will apply gentle compression, without inhibiting wrist movement. Remember to keep your body and joints healthy. Check out our wrist braces today!

Wrist Braces for Snowboarders

A few weeks ago we wrote about the importance of wrist protection for snowboarding. As that article mentions, it’s been proven that wearing a wrist brace while snowboarding significantly lowers your odds of wrist injuries while snowboarding. Here’s one of the top wrist braces we recommend for snowboarding:

DonJoy Wrist Wraps – This wrist brace allows your hand to freely move around. It won’t get in the way, but still provides ample protection for the wrist during sports and job-related wrist activities. DonJoy Wrist Wraps are also very comfortable to wear and easy on the wallet.

One of the biggest complaints from first-time or beginner snowboarders is how much their wrists hurt from the constant falling whether its getting off the lift or trying to make it down the bunny slopes.  For most people, the first instinct when falling is to brace yourself with your wrists.  Unfortunately, this creates a lot of impact on the wrists and you can end up straining, spraining and even fracturing your wrist.  Wearing a wrist brace can help absorb some of that impact and prevent injury.  Even seasoned snowboarders tend to land on their wrist when they are about to fall.

More important than just protecting your wrists when you snowboard is learning how to fall safely and properly so that you lower the risk of hurting yourself.  Instead of trying to break your fall with your hand or wrist, use your forearms.  Your forearms provide a larger platform to land on and to absorb impact.  This will also protect your wrists which are more prone to injury.  If you must land on your wrist, make your hand into a fist so that your wrist does not get hyperextended.

If you are falling in a direction where are you unable to land on your forearms, try to fall on the side of your body as a whole.  Similar to landing on your forearms, the larger the area you allow to absorb the impact, the better chances you have of not letting a weaker part of your body take the bulk of the impact.  If you find yourself falling backwards, take notice to bring your chin to your chest to avoid hitting your head on the ground.  Concussions, neck, and head injuries are by far one of the most dangerous injuries and can be catastrophic.

If you find yourself with a wrist injury, make sure you R.I.C.E.

Rest:  take a few runs off depending on the severity of your pain and injury or stop all together.

Ice:  Cold therapy will help reduce swelling and inflammation.  There are wrist ice packs that are sized specific for the wrist area.

Compress:  Immobilize the area and compress with a wrist brace to help stabilize and reduce swelling.

Elevate:  Keep your wrist rested above your heart to help reduce swelling.

Take the precaution to protect your wrists and yourself from other common snowboarding injuries this season and enjoy the slopes!

Wrist Protection for Snowboarding

A few weeks ago we shared about knee injuries while skiing. While snowboarding knee injuries do occur, they are not nearly as common as snowboarding wrist injuries.

As snowboarding gains popularity, so do the injuries that come from this fun winter sport. It is very normal for snowboarders to fall, but oftentimes they will put out their hand to brace the impact with the snow. This can lead to wrist fractures, wrist sprains, and other wrist injuries.

Wearing wrist braces on each of your hands may help protect you from getting hurt this winter season. A wrist brace with a rigid outer shell will help guard your wrists during impact. They also provide compression so that your ligaments stay aligned as you fall. According to an article found in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, wrist guards significantly lower your odds of getting hurt while snowboarding.

There’s nothing as bad for an athlete as being out for a season due to injury. Check out our snowboarding wrist braces today!

3 Ways to Help Relieve de Quervain’s Pain

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!

Wrist Braces for Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common form of wrist pain – especially for individuals who perform tasks that involve repetitive motion of the wrist. Last week we posted about how to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, which recommended wearing carpal tunnel wrist support braces. We wanted to recommend our top wrist braces for carpal tunnel (also commonly misspelled as wrist braces for carpel tunnel).

  • Aircast A2 Wrist Brace – The Aircast A2 has adjustable straps that makes the wrist brace easy to put on and allows you to personalize the fit. It provides support while allowing full use of the fingers.
  • DonJoy ComfortFORM Wrist Support – The DonJoy ComfortFORM Wrist Brace fits around your wrist and hand snug and tight, providing all around support. It’s lightweight and perfect for everyday use.
  • DonJoy ComfortFORM Wrist & Thumb Support – The DonJoy ComfortFORM Wrist & Thumb Brace includes the benefits of the above wrist brace with added support for the thumb, making it a great dual thumb wrist brace. It not only supports the wrist and hand, but it also helps you control thumb movement.

Carpal tunnel can cause you to have pain, numbness or even burning sensations in the thumb and fingers. Wearing wrist braces for carpal tunnel can make all the difference in your every day pain, so check these out today!