Hand Braces & Supports
Finger and Thumb Braces and Hand Supports Available
Amcal has a great selection of hand, finger, and thumb braces available online and in-store to support and protect weak and injured hands and wrists. We have supports and stabilisers that are designed to compress the affected area with warmth and help to reduce pain and swelling from sports injuries, sprains, and chronic conditions, including arthritis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. They also offer the right amount of support to the hand and wrist to enable you to complete daily living activities more easily.
Shop Thermoskin Wrist/Hand Brace with metal splints to reduce motion and ease the pain of arthritis, RSI, and injuries. We also have Futuro thumb braces to stabilise the lower thumb joints when texting or gaming, custom dial wrist supports for a customised fit, and open Thermoskin compression gloves for the wrist and hand to ease symptoms associated with tendonitis and sprains.
Choosing the Best Hand Support for You
It's important that you choose a hand brace that will provide support to the part of the hand or wrist that is most affected. An injury that involves the thumb will require a thumb stabiliser to limit movement and reduce pain. If you suffer from arthritis, you may wish to use arthritis gloves that provide pressure and warmth to the hand to aid in pain and stiffness. A broken or
fractured arm or wrist may require an arm sling to further reduce movement and promote a faster recovery.
Splinting is an effective way to restrict the motion of the hand and wrist. It is commonly used to help mend broken bones or injuries by keeping the area immobilised with a rigid or flexible splint. You can find thumb splints, finger splints, wrist splints, and more. If you need to limit the movement of your hand, check out our Thermoskin Wrist/ Hand braces in various sizes that use a metal splint and velcro straps to secure your hand and wrist and improve blood circulation while providing temporary pain relief from sports injuries and chronic conditions.
Common Hand and Thumb Injuries a Brace Can Assist With
Hand support can be used to relieve pain and swelling from a number of different activities, injuries, and chronic conditions that affect the joints, bones, and ligaments. There are supports to compress and protect the wrist and hand during recovery, as well as splints to restrict motion and promote proper alignment. Here are just some of the conditions hand supports can help with:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - This condition occurs when a nerve becomes pinched in the wrist and results in pain, numbness, and tingling on the hand and arm. Wearing a hand splint can reduce movement and keep your hand and wrist in a straight position to minimise pressure on the affected nerve.
- Sports Injury - If you've injured or sprained your hand or wrist in an accident or while playing sports, a hand brace can help to relieve pain and swelling through compression, as well as protect the area from further damage.
- Osteoarthritis - Osteoarthritis can develop in the hand and wrist, causing pain, inflammation, and stiffness that make daily activities difficult. A hand brace can reduce pressure on the area, support weak wrists and hands, reduce swelling, and relieve pain caused by movement.
- RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury can happen with repeated movements and poor posture. A wrist and hand support will alleviate pressure on the inflamed nerves and reduce movement to lessen pain.
- Tendonitis - Tendonitis can happen if you overwork your hand, fingers, or wrist and the tendons become inflamed and irritated. A hand brace will let your hand rest in a neutral position and keep it from moving too much to aid in the recovery process.
- Texter's Thumb - This is a type of tendonitis caused by RSI through excessive use of the thumb. The tendons at the base of the thumb become swollen and cause pain when moving. Thumb support can stabilise the area and provide support when you are texting, gaming, and more.
Difference Between a Hand Brace and Wrist Support
Wrist braces come in different types, including wrist sleeves, wrist wraps, and wrist splints for a more rigid compression. Both wrist braces and hand braces can be used to lend support to weak joints and alleviate pain and swelling from injuries or chronic conditions. They are commonly combined to provide stabilisation to the wrist and the hand.
However, you can buy wrist support that covers the wrist area only, such as a wrist strap. Hand support may stabilise and protect both the wrist and hand or just the hand. The fingers will typically be left open for movement, or you may wear a thumb brace that encloses the thumb and leaves the rest of your fingers and wrist exposed.
When is the Best Time to Wear Your Hand Brace?
A hand brace can be worn all day or when you are engaging in physical activity that requires you to bend and move your wrist or hand. This can be while you are texting or using your phone, typing, operating a vehicle, working, or something else. Talk to your physiotherapist or healthcare professional for medical advice on when to wear your hand brace.
Wearing Your Hand Brace to Bed
During the night, it's common for people to bend and twist their wrists as they sleep. This can put pressure on the medial nerve and aggravate certain conditions, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which can lead to pain and swelling in the morning. A hand brace can be worn while you sleep to limit your movement and keep your wrist in a neutral position.
Finding the Right-Hand Brace for You
It's important that your hand brace provides firm compression but still feels comfortable to ensure good blood flow. Amcal stock thumb braces and hand support in various sizes so you can find one that fits you perfectly. For additional comfort, choose a brace with adjustable velcro straps or custom dials, such as Futuro Custom Dial Wrist Stabilizers in right and left, or Thermoskin Wrist Hand Brace.
Best Material for a Hand Brace or Support?
One of the best materials to use for hand braces and supports is neoprene. This synthetic rubber is breathable and water-resistant which makes it an ideal choice for athletes who tend to sweat more during physical activity. It is also stretchable, comfortable, and a known insulator. This means it can retain heat to help with compression and provide pain relief while reducing swelling and improving blood circulation.
Keeping Your Brace Clean
Your orthosis will need to be cleaned regularly, just like a piece of clothing that you wear. Secure any straps and wash in warm, soapy water. Leave to air-dry until completely dry before wearing again.
When to Seek Medical Advice
In conjunction with hand support, you may also wish to try hot or cold therapy, OTC medication, physiotherapy, pilates, and electrotherapy for pain relief. If you find that these are not improving your condition or your symptoms are getting worse, consult a healthcare professional for further medical advice.
Buying Your Hand Support and Supports with Amcal
Amcal has a huge selection of sports braces and supports to add to your wishlist or shopping cart. Browse our range of hand and thumb supports for improving circulation, relieving pain, and stabilising weak joints while you work or rest. We also have open and closed patella knee braces, ankle braces, wrist supports, elbow supports, and back braces to control movement and minimise pain and swelling from lumbar injuries.
Shop them online now for convenience with free delivery over $89 or visit your local Amcal and pick one up in-store today.
FAQs About Hand Supports
Do Hand Supports Help Carpal Tunnel?
Wearing a wrist and hand brace can help to ease the symptoms associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and reduce flare-ups caused by movement. They can keep the wrist in a straight, neutral position to relieve nerve pressure and use compression and warmth to alleviate pain and swelling. You may also use pain relief medication in conjunction with hand supports to help manage your discomfort.
Should You Wear a Hand Brace to Bed?
As we sleep, the hand and wrist can be moved, bent, or twisted during the night. This can put pressure on swollen tendons and nerves which can cause pain in the morning and delay the healing process. Wearing a hand brace to bed is an effective way to keep your hand straight and correctly positioned for recovery. For more advice, come into your local Amcal and ask our friendly and professional team for assistance with hand braces.
What is the Best Brace for Carpal Tunnel?
We have a range of hand braces and support that are designed to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, including pain, swelling, and numbness. Shop these products for superior hand and wrist support:
- Thermoskin Wrist Hand Brace with a metal splint
- Futuro Custom Dial Wrist Stabilisers in right or left
- Thermoskin Wrist Hand Support with sleeve design
What Can a Hand Brace or Support Be Used For?
If you have recently suffered an injury or sprain, undergone surgery, or have a chronic condition affecting your hand and wrist, our Futuro and Thermoskin hand braces can help to:
- Reduce pain in the wrist and hand
- Calm swelling and stiffness with thermal compression
- Support weak wrists and keep them in a neutral position for healing
- Improve your performance
- Protect the area from further damage
- Restrict movement with splints for faster recovery