How do I Choose the Best Thumb Brace?

K. Gierok

Choosing a good thumb brace can be a daunting process, especially for those who have never done so before. Though there are a multitude of thumb braces available, by following a few basic guidelines, selecting the best one can be a snap. In order to find a good thumb brace, the customer must first determine what style of thumb brace is needed. Typically, this decision is based on a particular thumb injury or medical condition. In addition, choosing a thumb brace for the correct hand, and setting a budget when it comes to selecting a brace are also important steps.

The type of thumb brace required depends on the injury.
The type of thumb brace required depends on the injury.

In order to achieve optimal results when it comes to choosing the best thumb brace, it is important to first look for the right style of thumb brace. There are a number of thumb braces on the market, each of which serves a specific purpose. For example, a C3 thumb brace is a particular style of brace that is specially designed for those with athletic injuries, as it allows adequate room for swelling associated with sprains, strains, and other athletic injuries. In contrast, a tether thumb stabilizer is best for those who have osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disorder, or similar medical conditions that require high amounts of stabilization.

A medical doctor can determine whether a thumb is dislocated, sprained or broken.
A medical doctor can determine whether a thumb is dislocated, sprained or broken.

When choosing a brace for the thumb, it is also essential to look for a brace designed for the proper hand. Unlike finger braces, which typically can be swapped from hand to hand with only minor decreases in effectiveness, it is virtually impossible to use a thumb brace designed for the left hand on the right hand. Those who are looking for thumb braces, therefore, must be sure to carefully read all labels on potential products before making a final choice. It may be a good idea to take the product out of its package and examine it completely to make sure it is, in fact, labeled correctly.

Failing to immobilize a fractured thumb may cause the bones to heal improperly.
Failing to immobilize a fractured thumb may cause the bones to heal improperly.

Choosing a thumb brace within a particular price range is also important when making a final decision. Thumb braces typically range in price dramatically, with some being quite affordable, and others a significant investment. It is up to the individual suffering from the thumb injury to determine what price range is ideal when selecting an effective brace. In some cases, insurance companies may cover part or even all of the cost associated with a purchase of this type.

A thumb brace may be required if a person experiences a bad fall.
A thumb brace may be required if a person experiences a bad fall.
Individuals with osteoarthritis may benefit from using a tether thumb stabilizer.
Individuals with osteoarthritis may benefit from using a tether thumb stabilizer.

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Discussion Comments

stoneMason

Something else to pay attention to is how long the material is on the thumb. Some braces actually don't cover the entire thumb. So if the issue is toward the end of the thumb, it's not going to help at all. The brace should not fall short and should support the entire thumb.

I use a brace sometimes when my osteoarthritis acts up. The brace not only encourages healing and reduces inflammation by keeping my thumb still, but it also keeps it warm which seems to help reduce the stiffness and pain.

burcinc

So there is no thumb brace out there that can be used for the right hand as well as the left hand as required? Do I have to buy two?

turquoise

@candyquilt-- Some thumb braces can be used for both hands. I've seen one like this at the medical store. I'm not sure how it works though. I only have a problem with my right thumb so I just bought one for my right hand.

If you need something that works for both, the product description should mention that. Don't buy one unless you're sure because most are either made for the right hand or the left.

Also, if you're planning on wearing the thumb brace a lot, like me, then make sure it's made of breathable material and easy to wash. You don't want something that causes skin perspiration and you want to be able to wash it.

candyquilt

So there is no thumb brace out there that can be used for the right hand as well as the left hand as required? Do I have to buy two?

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