Wrist Braces and Wrist Injuries
Wrist Braces help with one of the more common injuries a person can develop involves the wrist. Almost every activity one engages in requires bending, moving, lifting and twisting of the hands, which directly affects the wrist. And with computers being more and more prevalent in our lives, typing and any kind of repetitive motion can aggravate the wrist joint and eventually cause injury.
Today’s youth are especially prone to aggravating their wrists by playing video games that can stress the wrist joint. Often seen as stress relief, the action of playing video games requires constant finger and wrist movement in one direction repeatedly. This can cause damage and pain to your wrists. Taking frequent breaks and relaxing the hands for a few minutes in between games can help prevent damage to your wrists.
Sports are another source of wrist injury. Golf and tennis are sports that involve a lot of wrist movement that can lead to injury. Tennis elbow is a common injury that is not specific to tennis or even to the elbow. Stressing the wrist joint can cause exactly the same injury. The same can be said for just about every sport where using ones hands is important.
In recent years, many businesses are becoming more concerned about ergonomics. Using proper ergonomic equipment can reduce the chance of wrist injury. Posture is an important factor when sitting at a desk working on a computer. Incorrect posture or chair height can put undue stress on your wrists. Make sure you have proper support when working at a desk for long hours.
Naturally, any occupation or activity that requires a lot of lifting, shifting, and movement of the hands increases the chance of straining ones wrist in addition to other muscles or joints in the body. As with any other type of injury or strain, once a body part has been injured, it’s more likely to be sprained or hurt again.
Tendonitis and carpal tunnel are examples of common wrist injuries that can flare up and cause pain. In most cases, a doctor will prescribe wrist braces to wear to help prevent more damage to your wrist joints. A wrist brace is a designed to prevent the jarring your wrist joint out of its natural range of motion. A good brace fits well and allows you freedom of movement, but helps to keep your wrist with natural movement scope.
Everyday, more and more people are protecting themselves from injury or further wrist damage by wearing wrist braces. They are easy to put on and remove and provide tremendous benefit in the prevention of sustaining serious wrist injuries.
To learn more about wrist braces, call us toll free at 800-951-4558 and speak with one of our friendly pain management specialists.