When you hurt, you want to feel better quickly! Whether you have Arthritis, dequervain’s, Trigger Finger or Trigger Thumb, Golfer’s or Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, Hammertoes or other conditions - you may be looking for relief. A splint or brace can help decrease your pain, improve your function, and help speed up the healing process. (Learn more about these conditions on our Health Conditions page)
From soft fabrics to molded plastics, we offer braces, splints and supports to help manage pain. But, how do you pick the right level of support for your condition? Most splints are designed with specific support levels in mind—light, moderate, and firm—to apply a specific amount of control. When choosing a brace, it's important to consider what joints and muscles are affected and the severity of your condition.
Light control braces support through light compression and contoured designs to protect the joints. Ideal for daytime wear at work and at home and for use in daily activities. Light control supports while still allowing motion and function.
Moderate control provides greater support and resistance to movement by using materials with less stretch and stronger fabrics. Ideal when a brace or splint is likely to be worn throughout the day during a variety of activities. Choose moderate control when joints need to be protected and muscles and ligaments rested, but not fully immobilized.
Firm Control is designed to allow joints and tissues to rest and heal by limiting or stopping motion. When full rest is required to help relieve pain from an injury or severe pain due to overuse or arthritis, choose braces and splints in the firm range. Ideal following injury or surgery or when a condition has flared up and the pain prevents function.
Many of our braces include stays and pads to increase the support or resistance to create a Light Plus+ Support, Moderate Plus+ Support or Firm Plus+ Support. Braces designed to apply a corrective force have variable levels of support depending on how they are worn and how long they are worn.
Because we care that you are properly fitted and get the support that works best for you, we strongly recommend that you discuss the braces and splints you find here with your health care provider. Like medications, braces and splints are only helpful when properly prescribed and worn.