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Splints for arthritis of the wrist and hand

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What are wrist and hand splints?

Wrist and hand splints are provided to people who need protection and support for painful, swollen or weak joints and their surrounding structures. Their designs make sure you position your wrist and hands correctly.

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Resting splints

Resting splints support your joints when you’re resting and can help to ease pain and inflammation. They can be useful if you have a painful flare-up of rheumatoid arthritis or a period of joint discomfort.

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Working splints

Working splints support your wrist and hand joints while you’re using your hands. They can be worn when you carry out daily tasks and should make the job less painful.

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How should I care for my hand if I wear a splint?

To care for your hands:
  • Check your skin regularly for any signs of redness or soreness.
  • Don’t wear your splint all the time or your working splint overnight.
  • Gently exercise your hand, fingers and wrist regularly.
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How should I care for my splint?

Clean your resting splint by wiping it with a damp cloth and handwash working splints in warm soapy water. Wear gloves over the splint to help prevent it from getting dirty or wet.

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How can I get a splint?

Most rheumatology departments will be able to make splints for you. They may also be available from occupational therapy or physiotherapy departments. We don’t recommend that you buy splints yourself unless you’ve received advice from your rheumatology team. Read more >
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