|With Health Insurance: Copay or 10%-50% Coinsurance||Without Health Insurance: $7-$300+|
Wrist braces or splints can be used for conditions or injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains, dislocation, tendon rupture or wrist fracture.
Related articles: Physical Therapy, Carpal Tunnel Treatment, Sprained or Broken Wrist, Broken Hand, X-Ray
- 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.
What should be included:|
- For a wrist sprain , 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 , a brace or splint might be used, especially during typing, to keep the wrists and hands in a certain position.
- For wrist fractures 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 will evaluate, help design and fit a patient with a brace.
- In some cases, such as after an injury or surgery, physical therapy might be required at a cost of about $50-$350 per session.
Shopping for a wrist brace:
- Drug stores and websites that sell braces sometimes offer coupons or special offers. For example, BraceShop.com has a savings club that offers a 5% discount for signing up.
- 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 ; to find one who specializes in the hand and wrist, check the doctor locator 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 .
- 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 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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