Splints, also known as braces and supports, are frequently used by workers suffering from a musculoskeletal injury (MSI). As these injuries are often caused by overuse of the wrist, the most common wrist splints are devices that immobilize the wrist. Medical professionals endorse this technique as being useful for preventing injury or as treatment for an existing injury. Off-the-shelf splints can vary in design, price and material. They may also be custom fabricated by a healthcare professional. Particularly when used in the workplace, they need to be chosen carefully and worn properly.
In this article, Katie Klarer, Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist for WorkPartners OHS, discusses the Pros and Cons of Wrist Splints in the Workplace.