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The wrist and hand have multiple small joints that work together to produce motion, including the fine motion needed to thread a needle or tie a shoelace.

When these joints are affected by arthritis, activities of daily living can become more difficult. There are a number of different braces and splints that support the wrist and hand, which help place the joints in a resting position and provides significant pain relief. The braces can be soft and made of neoprene or rigid with plastic frames. Depending on your work and needs, the braces can be worn as a resting splint at night or used with activities. Your doctor or hand therapist can tell you about the different options and help you decide which one is best for you.