Wrist splint

Illustration of a wrist brace

A wrist splint can be worn to support the wrist while holding it firm and still (immobilize it).

A good wrist splint should:

  • Be comfortable, washable, durable, and easy to remove.
  • Keep the wrist in a neutral position. The wrist is generally in a neutral position when you are holding a glass of water, with the thumb in line with the forearm.
  • Restrict wrist movements while allowing fine hand movements.

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. This often reduces the clumsiness of wearing a splint.

Last Updated: October 29, 2008

Medical Review: William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedics & David Pichora, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery

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