How to Select the Right Wrist Brace

Your wrist is crucial for daily activities. Whether you’re typing for work, hammering nails on a worksite or simply picking up an object. Taking care of your wrist when it’s injured is vital. There are a wide range of supports and braces available and finding the best one for you is often a trial in itself. To assist, the below guide will help you select the right wrist brace for your injury. 

Types of wrist braces

The wrist sleeve 

Wrist sleeves are designed to cover the wrist joint itself and they can range in both size and length. Often made from neoprene or elasticised polyester, higher-quality sleeves use breathable materials like cotton.

Wrist sleeves mainly work to provide compression and mild stability to the wrist joint. Many use gel inserts, straps and/or stays to provide further support.

Select this wrist brace when treating the following conditions:

  • Swelling
  • Mild to moderate wrist pain
  • Mild arthritis
  • Mild instability
  • Long-term post-op recovery from ligament and tendon damage
  • Mild nerve issues
  • Mild to moderate tendinitis

The ManuTrain is a perfect wrist sleeve, providing pain and swelling management, stability, support and free range of movement.

A splint

Wrist splints are the next step-up from a sleeve, designed to provide partial or full immobilisation of the wrist joint.

Often incorporating the core build of a sleeve, these supports contain rigid components that run along from the forearm below the wrist up past to the centre of the hand.

Acting to provide varying levels of immobilisation, these supports unload the joint, allowing for the recovery of the tendons and nerves, and minimising any joint pain.

Wrist splints are best at treating the following conditions

  • Moderate wrist pain
  • Moderate to severe arthritis
  • Nerve pain
  • Post-op recovery
  • Fractures
  • Moderate to severe tendinitis
  • Carpal tunnel

The ManuLoc is one of the best wrist splints you can find, combining lightweight design with easy adjustability and effective unloading for a comfortable and easy fit all day long.

Woman wearing Bauerfeind wrist brace

A wrist strap

Wrist straps are the simplest of wrist supports, providing stability to the wrist joint while still allowing for movement and action.

Often fastening with velcro or buckles, a wrist strap is most effective when worn while playing sport. It will provide stability, control and allow for more strength in the joint.

For more on this: How to strap your wrist after injury.

For assistance selecting the right product for your needs, book a video consultation with a Bauerfeind expert: Book Video Call, or call us on 1300 668 466.

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Bauerfeind products are developed at our innovation and manufacturing facility in Zeulenroda, Germany. Based on years of scientific research, our award-winning braces and support garments are highly recommended by medical professionals and athletes worldwide.

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