FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do wrist braces help carpal tunnel syndrome?
The leading cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the pressure placed on the median nerve when the wrist is bent. Repetitive motion in the wrist joint tends to aggravate the injured nerve. A carpal tunnel wrist brace is a vital part of carpel tunnel treatment because it eases the pressure on the median nerve by straightening and holding your wrist in a neutral position. As a result, this upper extremity support helps to reduce the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Also, the CTS wrist brace restricts movements that can aggravate pain symptoms. So, you can prevent painful flare-ups when you wear a CTS wrist brace while you go about your daily activities.
How many hours a day should I wear a carpal tunnel splint?
Most doctors recommend wearing a CTS wrist brace like the Neoprene CTS Grip-Fit Splint around 8 hours a night. CTS symptoms worsen at night because people tend to bend their wrists when they sleep. Although you can wear a CTS splint for 16 hours on a 24-hour day, you should give your wrist at least an 8-hour break between wearing sessions to freely move the joint to prevent stiffness and muscle atrophy. Since most people who wear a CTS wrist brace like the Exoform Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace get exceptional results from overnight use, any routine you choose should be helpful.
What are the differences between a carpal tunnel sleeve and a carpal tunnel brace?
The primary difference between a carpal tunnel sleeve and a carpal tunnel brace is the degree of therapeutic value. A carpal tunnel brace is more steadfast in keeping your wrist straight and neutral. This characteristic is why another name for this wrist and hand support is a carpal tunnel splint. Conversely, support like the Leader Wrist Compression Sleeve helps relieve CTS-related wrist pain. But it gives you more freedom of movement in exchange for less therapeutic support from harmful bending. Carpal tunnel sleeves typically have a nylon or lycra body with a gel pad in the palm. In contrast, a carpal tunnel brace usually has an airy, low-profile design with contoured neoprene splints or molded plastic interior, nylon covering, and hook-and-loop straps.
What exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful ailment that affects your fingers and toes. Over an extended period, repetitive hand and wrist movements create compression on the median nerve. This nerve runs over the carpal bones and through narrow channels to the front of your wrist and hands. The pressure on the median nerve can cause sharp pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in your hand or arm. Sometimes, the tingling may feel like shock in your middle fingers, possibly radiating up your arm. The weakness may get so bad that you may start dropping things.
How can I treat carpal tunnel syndrome at home?
Fortunately, effective carpal tunnel treatment is possible at home. The first thing you must do is identify the activity triggering the compression. This step should be easy if you are a computer technician, musician, or assembly worker. Once you’ve pinpointed that activity, discontinue it for at least two weeks or until the symptom disappears. You can speed the CTS healing process by using vibration tools, wearing a wrist splint, massage, cold therapy, and heat therapy. For flare-ups, you can take over-the-counter (OTC) pain killers like ibuprofen or naproxen. Also, you can effectively treat your carpal tunnel syndrome by making ergonomic adjustments like changing your keyboard position, adjusting the height of your chair, and switching hand positions.
What products can I use to resolve carpal tunnel without surgery?
Along with the carpal tunnel wrist braces, you can try CURAD Universal Wrap-Around Wrist Supports or a CT wrist wrap. To help you regain your hand strength, you can buy Palms Grips for hand squeezing exercises. In addition, other orthopedic supplies can help you relieve painful carpal tunnel symptoms, like the Magic Wand® Hand-Held Massager and the Silipos® Ambidextrous Carpal Sleeve.
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