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.
Current as of: June 26, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Herbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCS(C) - Orthopedics, Hand and Microvascular Surgery
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Herbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCS(C) - Orthopedics, Hand and Microvascular Surgery