Wrist, elbow & shoulder braces generally immobilize or limit the amount of movement the joint it covers to protect or encourage healing of the bones, tendons or ligaments.
Wrist injuries are typically caused by one of two reasons. The most common is due to repetitive use of the wrist. This causes strain on the tendons and nerves that support the area, which leads to wrist pain. The other common reason is due to impact, usually during physical activities. Our natural reaction when falling is to put our hand out and land on our wrist, which can cause wrist fractures, breaks, or other injuries. Wearing a wrist brace can help prevent wrist injuries from occurring or help support the wrist after an injury. They do this by stabilizing the wrist area and preventing the joint from moving unnaturally or out of place.
The elbow is susceptible to strain from repetitive use. This can cause pain and discomfort in the elbow joint, especially if your job or recreational activities involve using the elbow repeatedly. This is common in sports such as tennis and golfing where the elbow is frequently used. Wearing an elbow brace or support can help reduce the amount of strain on the elbow. They provide compression on key areas to help prevent your tendons from moving unnaturally. Some elbow braces are also used after an injury, such as arm immobilizers, to help during the rehabilitation process.
The shoulder joint is one of the joints that can move through the widest range of motion. This characteristic does however have the downfall that the shoulder joint itself is mainly made up from muscles, ligaments and tendons to keep it in place. The shoulder therefor a joint that is susepatable to a wide range of injuries. Shoulder brace mainly focus on immobilization after an injury or surgery. There are also braces that can add stability to the shoulder joint through compression and correctly applied forces.
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