When appropriately fitted and used, braces or splints can decrease your pain and enhance your movement. They can also increase the stability in an unstable joint and even help improve your overall quality of life by allowing you to perform necessary daily activities.
The purpose of a brace or splint is to relieve pain and protect an injury while you return to your desired function. For those who are active in sports, orthotics help tolerate their activity, by improving biomechanical performance and provide added strength.
Braces and splints are particularly effective at relieving the pain, fatigue and discomfort experienced by older adults, who may have developed arthritis in their hands and upper extremities.