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A wrist splint is a brace that looks like a fingerless glove. It
stabilizes the wrist in a straight and sometimes slightly bent-back position. A
wrist splint can be worn to support the wrist while holding it firm and still
A good wrist splint should:
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.
Health professionals usually do not recommend long-term use of splints (more
than 72 hours) because the muscles in the hand or wrist can become weak.
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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