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How long can I wear a wrist brace before I have to worry about muscle atrophy?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Not to worry

I have never really seen someones muscles atrophy from a wrist brace.
Having said that i see many people whose braces become a permanent part of their clothing. The brace is there to rest the injured tissues and allow healing. Once healing has occurred the brace should be discontinued. Often we will wean someone off of the brace while we transition to the strengthening part of the rehabilitation.

In brief: Not to worry

I have never really seen someones muscles atrophy from a wrist brace.
Having said that i see many people whose braces become a permanent part of their clothing. The brace is there to rest the injured tissues and allow healing. Once healing has occurred the brace should be discontinued. Often we will wean someone off of the brace while we transition to the strengthening part of the rehabilitation.
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