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Wrist Brace Cost


How Much Does a Wrist Brace Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: Copay or 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $7-$300+
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Wrist braces or splints can be used for conditions or injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains, dislocation, tendon rupture or wrist fracture.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, the typical out-of-pocket cost for a doctor-prescribed wrist brace or splint consists of a durable goods copay or coinsurance of 10%-50%.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, a wrist brace or splint typically costs about $10-$300 or more, depending on the type of brace or splint and the condition being treated. The cost tends to be lower for a basic brace made from elastic or fabric that offers light to moderate support and higher for a hinged, motion-limiting brace that offers maximum support.
  • For example, Walgreens offers hand and wrist braces for about $7-$60. BraceShop.com charges from about $17-$80 for braces for Dequervain's Tenosynovitis, a condition in which tendons in the wrist become swollen and painful. And BraceShop.com charges from about $10-$300 for wrist braces and splints for carpal tunnel syndrome. It charges $300 for a brace that also can be used for fractures, dislocation, tendon rupture or recovery from wrist surgery.
Related articles: Physical Therapy, Carpal Tunnel Treatment, Sprained or Broken Wrist, Broken Hand, X-Ray

What should be included:
  • For a wrist sprain[1] , an elastic brace might be used at first to compress the injury and prevent swelling; a splint might then be required to immobilize the wrist during healing.
  • For carpal tunnel syndrome[2] , a brace or splint might be used, especially during typing, to keep the wrists and hands in a certain position.
  • For wrist fractures[3] in which the bones have not shifted, a splint might be used to immobilize the wrist during healing. (If the bones have shifted, surgery might be required.)
  • In some cases, a doctor will recommend or prescribe an off-the-shelf brace, but in other cases, an orthotist[4] will evaluate, help design and fit a patient with a brace.
Additional costs:
  • In some cases, such as after an injury or surgery, physical therapy might be required at a cost of about $50-$350 per session.
Discounts:
  • Drug stores and websites that sell braces sometimes offer coupons or special offers. For example, BraceShop.com has a savings club[5] that offers a 5% discount for signing up.
Shopping for a wrist brace:
  • A sports medicine doctor can treat sports injuries, while an orthopedic specialist can treat injuries and other wrist conditions, and a rheumatologist can treat arthritis. The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery offers an orthopedic specialist finder by city[6] ; to find one who specializes in the hand and wrist, check the doctor locator[7] from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and make sure the doctor is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. The American College of Rheumatology offers a rheumatologist locator[8] .
  • In some cases, a patient may need to see an orthotist, a certified health professional who specializes in braces and other orthotics, to get evaluated and fitted for a brace. The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics offers an orthotist locator[9] by state.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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External Resources:
  1.  orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00023
  2.  www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001469/
  3.  www.assh.org/public/handconditions/pages/wristfractures.aspx
  4.  oandpcare.org/OrthoticCareFaq
  5.  www.braceshop.com/productcart/pc/viewContent.asp?idPage=151
  6.  www.abos.org/find-a-certified-orthopaedic-surgeon.aspx
  7.  www.assh.org/Public/Pages/HandSurgeons.aspx
  8.  www.rheumatology.org/directory/geo.asp
  9.  www.abcop.org/Pages/Directory.aspx?searchtype=Facility
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