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Wrist Hand Orthoses (WHO), or wrist braces, are used to treat injuries and strains to the wrist, hand and forearm. The orthotic devices help support muscles, tendons and ligaments in the wrist and the carpals, metacarpals and phalanges. Wrist Hand Finger Orthoses (WHFO) are similar to wrist hand orthoses but extend to the fingers. In addition to WHO, they can also help support the fingers and prevent loss of range of motion of the fingers and wrist. The conditions Wrist Hand Orthosis help treat include but are not limited to:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Dislocation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stroke
  • Ligament Laxity
  • Fracture
  • Post-operative

Wrist braces work best when applied directly against the skin. Our Certified Orthotists will help you put on and use your orthotic. They will also help you with maintaining the orthotic and how to care for it.

At Colman, in addition to wrist hand orthoses, we offer a wide range of upper body orthotics and knee braces. We also offer various lower body orthotics, ankle-foot orthoses, and foot orthotics.

Types of Wrist Hand Orthoses

Wrist Brace

Wrist Brace

Wrist Compression Sleeve

Compression Sleeve

Wrist Immobilizer

Immobilizer

Wrist Thumb Support

Thumb Support

Benefits of wrist hand orthoses

Wrist hand orthoses prevent hyperextension and help prevent further injuries. They also help support the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the wrist. These include providing stability, protecting the elbow, reducing strain on the wrist, and making sure the wrist doesn’t move too far. If you have tendonitis or osteoarthritis, a wrist brace can help reduce symptoms when used to align the wrist while the wrist is healing. It is also useful if you have dislocated or fractured your wrist to help with the healing process. 

How does a wrist hand orthosis help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Wrist hand orthoses help with the symptoms of carpal tunnel. It is particularly useful when worn at night. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a narrowing or swelling of the carpal tunnel. This then will put pressure on the median nerve which causes tingling, weakness, pain and numbness in the hand and forearm. 

A wrist brace or a wrist hand orthosis can be used to help treat carpal tunnel symptoms when worn at night. This is because at night most people will bend their wrists while sleeping. Bending the wrist will then put more pressure on the median nerve. The wrist brace will relieve the pressure on the nerve and keep the wrist in a more neutral position as you sleep.

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WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT

Your First Visit

Please plan to come 10-15 minutes before your appointment time to complete necessary forms. Want to save time? Print and then complete the form below.

Meeting your Specialist

Your first appointment will include an initial assessment and also a chance to meet your specialist and ask questions.

If you have a prescription from your doctor, be sure to bring it with you.

Be prepared to discuss your medical history and also talk about your goals and expectations. We will also complete a physical assessment and try out a variety of orthotics to see what best meets your needs.

Please dress comfortably and bring shorts. We may need to measure, cast or use 3D-scanning to customize your fit and maximize comfort.

Funding/Costs

Direct Billing through AADL and WCB with a prescription from your doctor.

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