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The Best Carpal Tunnel Braces

If you suffer from carpal tunnel symptoms, your health care provider may suggest a brace be worn at night or other times. The brace is used to put your wrist in a neutral position to help reduce the symptoms of pain, numbness and tingling that result from irritation of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel area.

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If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

Carpal tunnel overview

The median nerve, along with ligaments and tendons pass through a narrow space in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. Once the nerve is irritated in these close quarters you will begin to experience symptoms such as numbness of the hand or certain fingers, pain, tingling or "pins and needles" and eventually a reduction in strength in the hand.

Sometimes it can become difficult to pick up a coffee cup or grasp a pen. When the nerve passing through the carpal tunnel is irritated, you may experience hand numbness that is severe enough to awaken you at night.

  • The median nerve, along with ligaments and tendons pass through a narrow space in your wrist called the carpal tunnel.
  • When the nerve passing through the carpal tunnel is irritated, you may experience hand numbness that is severe enough to awaken you at night.

Causes

Causes of Pain & Stiffness in the Wrist

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The jury is out on the exact cause of carpal tunnel syndrome because it varies from one person to the next 15. Some causes include a congenitally small carpal tunnel, swelling in the wrist area following injury, fluid retention especially during pregnancy, repetitive wrist motion or cocking the wrist at an uncomfortable angle.

Some medical conditions including diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis or changes in weight may also bring on symptoms. Carpal tunnel syndrome can run in families and it can also result from unidentified triggers 12.

  • The jury is out on the exact cause of carpal tunnel syndrome because it varies from one person to the next 1.
  • Some medical conditions including diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis or changes in weight may also bring on symptoms.

Progression

Carpal tunnel symptoms can wax and wane; more than one third of suffers find that their symptoms disappear, only to reappear again at a later date. If you have bilateral carpal tunnel--or symptoms in both wrists--you are more likely to experience ongoing problems.

Almost 50 percent of pregnant women experience symptoms that usually resolve after giving birth. Often treatment is not required, but if the symptoms reappear or worsen, it can indicate a more severe damage to the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel. There are steps you can take to manage your condition.

  • Carpal tunnel symptoms can wax and wane; more than one third of suffers find that their symptoms disappear, only to reappear again at a later date.
  • If you have bilateral carpal tunnel--or symptoms in both wrists--you are more likely to experience ongoing problems.

Wrist Splints or Braces

Hand Massage for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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The second type of brace or wrist splint can be purchased over the counter. Some brand names include:

  • Ace
  • Futuro
  • Ossur
  • OTC
  • Rolyan
  • Sportaid
  • IMAK
  • Prolite to name a few

These braces come in set sizes, so it's best to shop at a retailer who will allow you to try on the brace prior to purchase. This is the best way to find a brand that provides a good fit and determine which brace is most comfortable for you.

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