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Finding the Best Wrist Brace for Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition thought to be associated with repetitive motions of the hand or wrist, such as via assembly-line work, sewing or typing, though studies have shown the link is inconclusive. Regardless of the cause, carpal tunnel syndrome is an irritating to painful condition for millions of people.
The source of this discomfort is compression or pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel of the wrist into the hand. This pressure often stems from swelling due to any number of activities or preexisting Wrist Injuries. On the other hand, some individuals are simply born with smaller carpal tunnel structures that make them more prone to the condition.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is not something that should be brushed off. Ignoring the pain, tingling, weakness, numbness, and coordination problems associated with the condition can result in permanent damage to the nerves or muscles of the hands, and thus, permanent discomfort.
Conservative treatments revolve around managing the swelling or any other issue that is causing the problematic pressure on the median nerve. The first line of defense for carpal tunnel (as with most injuries) is rest.
But resting the hands and wrist is not a simple matter. Most people are highly reliant on these parts of the body for everyday activity, for work, when caring for a child or family, when exercising, when eating, and many even put pressure on the area when sleeping. Thus most people rely on a carpal tunnel wrist brace for giving the wrist and hands a break.
Carpal Tunnel Braces for Night and Day Use
For some, wearing a carpal tunnel night brace suffices. In this case, it is worth checking out the Bort ManuCarpal SOFT carpal tunnel splint. This is one of the best carpal tunnel braces for use at night because it is individually moldable to fit your shape, and it features a finger rest pad as well as a thumb surround pad to immobilize the thumb.
For others, a carpal tunnel splint or brace should be worn during the day as well. The Bauerfeind ManuLoc Carpal Tunnel Wrist Stabilizer does double-duty as a carpal tunnel brace that can be worn both during the day and at night; it can also function simply as a wrist stabilizer brace.
This Bauerfeind wrist brace for carpal tunnel secures the wrist, while allowing normal function of the hand, including gripping motions. The compression and immobilization of this brace for carpal tunnel can be adjusted, which means it can be used in a number of situations, including after surgery.
The ManuLoc carpal tunnel support brace is composed of breathable, lightweight material that is machine-washable. And it comes with a very affordable price tag.
Another commonly recommended approach to treating carpal tunnel is to make sure one is following ergonomic best-practices when working at a computer and avoiding aggravating motions as much as possible. (Watch a video about ergonomic practices one should employ when using computer.)
Carpal Tunnel Wrist Braces for Sports
Anti-inflammatory medications and icing the affected area may also be recommended for getting swelling under control. A compression sleeve may also be helpful for reducing swelling in the wrist following an injury.
A compression-style brace, such as the Incredibrace wrist compression sleeve or the Bauerfeind ManuTrain wrist support brace, is much less restrictive than typical wrist braces for carpal tunnel. Plus, both of these braces for carpal tunnel provide targeted compression to stimulate blood flow, thereby quickly easing swelling and relieving discomfort. Plus, the ManuTrain is a thermoskin carpal tunnel brace.
These characteristics make these wrist braces for carpal tunnel syndrome favorites among athletes who cannot have carpal tunnel or other such wrist injuries interfering with their swing.
Hand Braces for Carpal Tunnel for Ultimate Support
At the other extreme, some cases of carpal tunnel syndrome require more extensive support. In such cases, the Bort Finger Joint Support is a very popular carpal tunnel hand brace. This carpal tunnel syndrome brace supports both the wrist and the fingers.
Because this carpel tunnel brace is designed to be more constrictive so one can heal as quickly as possible, the brace is adjustable and it can be easily put on and taken off. As you might imagine, the extra support this brace provides makes it an especially popular hand brace for carpal tunnel following surgery or after having a cast removed.
Corflex also offers two carpal tunnel syndrome braces (an 8-inch and 10-inch length) that are ideal for immobilizing the wrist following surgery so that the wrist can heal properly. These durable wrist braces are composed of aluminum and they leave the fingers free.