Rather than being specific to a particular joint, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It can affect any part of the body, but in this case is found in the wrist. Osteoarthritis of the wrist is developed because the cartilage wears away as the bones rub against it. Eventually, it is too thin to cushion the bones and they begin to rub together, the friction resulting in pain, discomfort and swelling. The surrounding tissues try to compensate for this by working harder, which only results in them thickening.
Osteoarthritis of the wrist is a degenerative disease that can not be healed, only treated and the symptoms controlled. By using a wrist support for osteoarthritis of the wrist, compression and support can be applied to the hand, thumb and wrist. This support helps to reduce the pain and discomfort felt while the compression controls the swelling that occurs around the joint. By immobilising the affected area, it also gives the area a chance to heal from the friction.
There are a range of wrist supports for osteoarthritis of the wrist available here at Health and Care. The different types offer different levels of support, helping you to find the one that will give you the exact support and comfort you require. Please take note of the different sizes of the wrist braces to ensure you have the right level of support for the wrist splint to have full effect. If you require any further information or have a question about wrist supports for osteoarthritis of the wrist, please contact our support team on 020 7720 2266.