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Choosing the Best Wrist Brace

by Jessica Hegg June 06, 2019 0 Comments

Choosing the Best Wrist Brace Let us help you sort through all the different options to find the best wrist brace for your needs. The right brace can help with anything from common sprains to conditions like tendonitis and carpal tunnel. Even athletes can benefit from their compression and support. Take a look at our guide to choosing the best wrist brace, where we review the most important factors like material, type, sizing, support, and recommendations tailored to your needs.

What to Consider When Choosing Your Wrist Brace

Before choosing your ideal wrist brace, there are a few factors that you should consider.

Material

Neoprene

We chose neoprene as the material for most of our wrist braces as it combines a lightweight feel with durability. Neoprene stays breathable during workouts, resists stretching, and even prevents moisture buildup. We include neoprene in our standard, extra support, and nighttime, wrist braces, while our thumb and wrist brace also includes a lightweight mesh for extra breathability.

Bamboo Charcoal

The bamboo charcoal blend found in our bamboo wrist brace brings softness and flexibility while providing compression and mild support. It can also help regulate temperature, improving your workouts even more.

Silicone Gel

Our gel thumb support is 100% silicone gel which is perfect for mild aches. Its real benefit is its slim and lightweight feel, which hugs the wrist and thumb, making it easy to wear while typing, writing, or any activity. The gel is latex-free and waterproof.

Nylon Mesh

Breathable and lightweight, the nylon mesh material found in some of our braces helps with long-term comfort. It is perfect for reducing sweat buildup and keeping your wrist cool, day or night.

Type

Wrap

Wrapping braces use Velcro straps which make it easy to take on and off, and open all the way up. This design makes them a perfect choice for swollen wrists, and simplifies the sizing process. They can offer anywhere from mild to maximum support, with the use of rigid supports.

Compression

Our compression bamboo wrist sleeves are made to deliver mild and targeted compression, which makes it easy to wear them anywhere. They slip on and off easily, and can improve blood flow to the area throughout the day, speeding recovery and easing pain. They are a good option for athletes, and those who perform repetitive wrist motions on a daily basis.

Wrap + Sleeve

Our wrap + sleeve design combines some of the best elements from our other supports in a single brace. With adjustable straps on the wrist and lower hand, adjustable compression is easy with our overnight wrist brace. Our thumb brace is another example, the wrist opens fully but the thumb sleeve stay attached. This makes it easy to adjust to the right amount of compression without the brace slipping off. Both designs include removable metal splints, which can add support when left in..

Sizing

Our standard, extra support, nighttime, and thumb and wrist braces come in one size with adjustable straps, making them a perfect fit for a range of sizes. This also makes it a good choice for swelling and inflammation, letting you adjust to your needs.

 

Our gel thumb and wrist brace comes in a single size because of its soft and flexible design. The bamboo charcoal compression sleeve also has an elastic body, but comes in S/M and L/XL sizes to ensure a snug fit.

Splints

All of our Wrap and Wrap + Sleeve braces include rigid splints that help support the brace. These splints can be removed to increase flexibility and adjust support depending on your needs. Splints are positioned at the top and bottom of the brace, usually including a curved metal splint that contours to the shape of the palm. In our extra support brace, plastic splints are included on the top of the brace as well.


Metal splints are more rigid and designed for maximum stability, while the plastic splints are a bit more flexible.

Level of Support

Our braces range in support from mild to maximum. Learn more about the benefits of each below.

Mild

Mild support braces are the perfect option for minor injuries, or injuries that are further along in the recovery process. These include flexible braces with a slim design which are made to offer compression and a small amount of support. Our bamboo charcoal sleeves and gel thumb support are both examples, which hug the wrist closely with a lightweight material.

Moderate

Many of our wrap style braces offer moderate support, with metal or plastic semi-rigid splints that can be removed to adjust the level of support. Because of this, they are versatile enough to treat a range of conditions like sprains, tendonitis, or carpal tunnel. Are standard and nighttime wrist braces offer mild to moderate support, depending on whether the semi-rigid splints are removed.

Maximum

Maximum wrist braces are the go-to option for the most serious conditions like fractures. They offer rigid and semi-rigid support elements to add support and limit movement of the joint. Our thumb brace includes metal sprints to immobilize the thumb and adjustable straps around the wrist to allow for a safe recovery.

Our Recommendations for... 

Below, you will find the most common activities and ailments that require the use of a wrist brace—along with our top wrist brace recommendations.

Standard Wrist Brace

Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, pain, and unpleasant tingling sensations in the wrist and hand. It is a common complication of computer use and other job-related repetitive hand motions. Our wrist brace can prevent or treat incidences of carpal tunnel by keeping the wrists warm and applying gentle compression. Our thumb brace is another good option, with removable splints for adjustable support.

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Bamboo Wrist Support

Sports (Tennis, Golf)

Tennis, golf, and many other activities put extra pressure on the wrist joints. Reduce the risk of injury while playing these sports with bamboo wrist sleeve supports. This brace will stabilize the wrist joints and improve blood flow to the tissues to prevent injury. It is lightweight yet supportive, and offers mild to moderate compression, while offering comfort, flexibility, and breathability. Be sure to pair with our tennis elbow straps for comprehensive support.

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Extra Support Wrist Brace

Sprains

A wrist sprain is an incredibly common injury—particularly among athletes and older adults, who often use their hands to break a fall. Wearing an reversible support wrist brace to reduce the risk of a sprained wrist, and speed up recovery from an existing ligament injury. It offers a high-level of support while staying comfortable enough to wear all day long until the injury heals.

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Standard Wrist support

Tendonitis

Tendonitis—the inflammation or irritation of a tendon—is another common wrist injury. Rest, support, and compression are all vital in the recovery from tendonitis, which is why our wrist brace is crucial. As you will likely need to wear the brace for several days or more, opt for one that is adjustable, lightweight, and breathable. If your symptoms tend toward the mild side, opt for your gel thumb brace, as its slim design will maximize your freedom of movement.

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Bamboo Wrist Support

Working Out

Most workouts require your joints to be flexible, whether it’s lifting weights or striking your favorite yoga pose. Try our Bamboo wrist sleeves which increase blood flow to bring fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. Its breathable and comfortable fabric makes it the best choice for working out, offering stability to the wrist without impacting natural flexibility. For those recovering from an injury, our wrist brace will provide even more protection and still leave you the grip and flexibility for all types of exercise.

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Nighttime Wrist Brace

Sleeping

Wrist pain and discomfort are sure to interfere with a good night's sleep, even in the soundest of sleepers. Providing adequate joint support can alleviate carpal tunnel symptoms, enabling you rest in comfort. For nighttime use, choose our nighttime wrist brace which offer a cool, adjustable, and non-slip design. Additional padding and an optional splint are other good features it brings to the table.

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Extra Support Wrist support

Fractures

A broken wrist is a serious injury that often results from a fall. Restricting movement through the use of a splint is an essential part of recovery. Our extra support reversible wrist brace can prevent fractures, especially among those who take part in high-risk activities such as skiing and football. When recovering from thumb fractures, be sure to target your treatment with the thumb and wrist brace. Immobilization is key in dealing with a wrist fracture as high-level support reduces pain and swelling and speeds up recovery.

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Standard Wrist brace

Typing

Many people don’t know how much strain typing can put on the wrist, especially over the long term and often times leading to carpal tunnel. To protect your tendons from lasting damage, give our standard wrist brace a try. It can help protect the wrists from daily strain while adding relieving compression to stimulate the surrounding muscles. For more advanced cases, our reversible wrist brace can be a useful pain solution that keeps the fingers and thumb free.

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Frequently Asked Questions

See what others are asking and make the most out of your wrist brace.

Q: Are wrist braces more effective than taping?

A: While taping and bracing each of their pros and cons, there are a few important benefits to wrists braces. First, they are made of thicker and more durable material, which means they offer greater support and durability. They are also easier to adjust on the fly, since they usually have adjustable straps or are made of elastic materials.

Q: How does a wrist brace help with carpal tunnel?

A: Carpal tunnel is caused excessive pressure on the wrist, which is often caused by bending. Wrist braces help keep the wrist aligned and protected, and can help prevent this common condition.

Q: Can I sleep with a wrist brace on?

A: While heavy duty braces might not be the best option in bed, our nighttime wrist brace is designed specifically for nocturnal use. It is good for treating carpal tunnel, tendonitis, arthritis, and more, with additional padding for a comfortable night’s rest.

Need More Help?

Get more information on all Vive Health products by talking to our customer service and product specialists. Call between 8:30am and 9pm EST daily at 1-800-487-3808 or email us at service@vivehealth.com

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Jessica Hegg
Jessica Hegg

Jessica Hegg is the content manager and at ViveHealth.com. With vast product knowledge and understanding of individual needs, she aims to share valuable information on making smart buying choices, overcoming obstacles and overall improving the quality of life for others. Avid gym-rat and nutrition enthusiast, she’s interested in all things related to staying active and living healthy lifestyle.



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