A wrist splint is a brace that holds your wrist in a fixed position. It can be used to stabilize your wrist so that broken bones and sprains can heal faster, with less pain. It can also help to relieve pressure on the nerve that runs down the middle of your arm (median nerve).
Splints are available in drugstores without a prescription. They are also available by prescription from orthopedic and medical supply stores. Custom splints made from lightweight materials can be made by physical or occupational therapist.
HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Wear your splint as instructed by your caregiver. It may be worn while you sleep.
Your caregiver may instruct you how to perform certain exercises at home. These exercises help maintain muscle strength in your hand and wrist. They also help to maintain motion in your fingers.
SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:
You start to lose feeling in your hand or fingers.
Your skin or fingernails turn blue or gray, or they feel cold.
MAKE SURE YOU:
Understand these instructions.
Will watch your condition.
Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.