Wrist splints & Braces for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
What are Carpal tunnel Syndrome wrist splints & braces?
Wrist splints or braces are a common route taken by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome sufferers. The purpose of wrist splints and braces is to hold your wrist in a position of “relative rest.” This position allows for blood flow to your wrist and allows it to begin healing. Wrist splints and braces are generally used to keep from further damage being done while your wrist heals itself.
Would you like to know more about wrist splints & braces for treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
It is possible to reduce the severity of you Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by wearing a wrist splint or a brace, especially at night. The purpose of a wrist brace is to hold the wrist in a natural resting position to improve the blood flow to wrist and allow it to begin healing. These devices on average can range from $10 up to $50, even around $100 for some of the more expensive models. However, wrist splints should not be worn while you are working or doing strenuous activities due to the fact that this can create even more strain upon your wrist and tendons, only making your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome worse.
Typically, after 3 months of properly using a wrist brace, a little over 50% of people see successful relief. The wearing of a splint or brace for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can take up to 6 months for you to see results you might consider to be a good improvement. It is ultimately a short-term solution since the extended wearing of the a wrist splint or brace can cause your muscles to begin weakening, which is otherwise known as atrophy. Due to that reason, you should do some exercising with your wrist after a long period of wearing a wrist splint. That is a big reason why most doctors would suggest that you don’t wear the wrist splint during your normal daily routines and only wearing the wrist splint or brace at night or while you sleep.
Are wrist splints & braces the right option for my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The option of wearing wrist splints or braces should not be a stand alone option for you. If this is the path you choose to take in your treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it is important to match this with good wrist stretching exercises. If you have a job that is full of triggers for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it is highly suggested that you avoid wearing a brace while working because they can cause even more damage to your wrist since the position it is held in can force you to strain your wrist even more than you normally would. This, much like several others, is also just a short-term fix, and if you are a person who is prone to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the wrist splint or brace treatment is going to be useless in keeping it from coming back or even getting rid of it.