A new device created by a certified hand therapist at Howard Therapy, LLC provides superior treatment for sports-related wrist pain.
For professional athletes, wrist injuries are serious setbacks. Standard therapy for the most common type of athletic wrist injury is rest, immobilization, and treatment with NSAIDs, followed, if necessary, by arthroscopic surgery. Bottom line: an athlete is out of work while the injury heals. This can cost an athlete hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars. Which has been proves as wrist-injured, top-ranked golfers Michelle Wie and Phil Mickelson have demonstrated in recent tournaments.
After a week in which five patients showed up at with the same problem, hand therapist Wendy Howard became determined to find a better and faster solution. Each had an injury common in many professional athletes: a wrist injury in the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC). She soon realized that no brace or splint on the market fully addressed the pain and grip problems associated with these TFCC injuries, and applied her 17 years of physical therapy experience to the creation of something completely new.
“Ninety-nine percent of all wrist splints,” Howard says, “are developed by large companies with marketing in mind. Only one percent of wrist splints come from people who are the experts in human anatomy and splinting.”
After a year of research and testing, Howard developed the WristWidget, a device that stabilizes the wrist, but allows full range of motion to the wearer’s hand and thumb, a critical feature for athletes. Lightweight, waterproof and comfortable, the WristWidget is much smaller than most wrist splints, about the size of a wide wristwatch band.
Its unique design stabilizes the two bones of the forearm, the ulna and the radius, taking over the role of the TFCC ligament so it can heal. The Wrist Widget’s straps are adjustable to avoid the temporary hand or finger nerve irritation caused by the pressure of conventional wrist splints.
Designed to withstand the demands of the high-impact world of professional athletes, the WristWidget has been used successfully by over 1,000 wrist-pain sufferers from all walks of life. It’s suitable and affordable for anyone suffering from wrist pain. Satisfied customers include golfers, snowboarders, surfers, bowlers, and tennis players.
Clinical testing of the WristWidget with 170 patients at Howard’s clinic has shown an immediate reduction in pain and an immediate increase in
wrist-related strength for all 170 participants. To be included in the
study, patients exhibited at least one of the symptoms the WristWidget is designed to treat: TFCC-specific injuries, ulnar-sided wrist pain, or wrist pain associated with gripping, weight bearing, or rotation.