Even a small movement will hurt when your thumb joint is injured or inflamed. The position of the thumb is very unique which means it interferes with every practical activity. That’s why a constrained thumb joint is an extreme handicap in the day-to-day life. Thumb support restrains the joint thus speeding the healing process.
Why should I wear a thumb support?
You only wear a thumb support when you are experiencing pain in your thumb joint. A thumb support works by supporting your thumb joint and restraining movements to give your thumb joint time to heal. By minimising movements, your thumb joint heals faster as it gets enough time to rest and recover.
You can wear a thumb support after tearing your lateral ligament or in cases of severe irritation. Besides, you can also wear one if you just had an operation to stabilise your thumb joint and give it time to recover. Thumb supports are specially designed to provide comfort and can be customised to fit you.
How long should I wear a thumb support?
How long you wear a thumb support depends on your complaints. Everyone is different as one may overcome their complaints earlier than others. Besides, your complaints are different from another’s so you can’t wear it for the same duration. Some complaints are permanent which means one will wear a thumb support for long, almost throughout. Let’s take the case of Osteoarthritis. A specialist often advises patients to wear a thumb brace only when they experience complaints. So, if you experience complaints when doing household activities or during work, you wear it at such specific times.
Common thumb complaints that require a thumb support
Most thumb complaints occur in the thumb joint. That’s why there are different thumb supports as not every thumb support is for every complaint. There are those made specifically for patients who overstretch. Here are other examples of thumb complaints.