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Why is my carpal tunnel hurting more with splint?

Why is my carpal tunnel hurting more with splint?

Let's see...: First thing to check is does it fit right and are you wearing it the right way. Next thing to check is are you wearing it for the right reasons, i.E do we have the correct diagnosis? Not infrequently patients come in thinking that carpal tunnel is there problem and it actually is arthritis or tendonitis etc... Lastly, maybe some other treatment is needed. Best of luck! ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

A medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness, and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more


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Can you cure carpal tunnel syndrome with splint?

Can you cure carpal tunnel syndrome with splint?

It helps: A carpal tunnel splint is a conservative treatment for carpal tunnel aimed at decreasing the pressure and constriction on the median nerve by keeping your wrist in a neutral position while you sleep. It typically won't cure the problem but will alleviate the symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr said I've got carpal tunnel, what should I know about this? What causes flair ups? Should I get a splint?

Dr said I've got carpal tunnel, what should I know about this? What causes flair ups? Should I get a splint?

Get treated: Night time splinting in wrist neutral position, manipulation or deep heating at the wrist, injections at the carpal tunnel, all, should be tried as they can prevent the surgical approach that is sometimes needed. ...Read more

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Are special splints required for my carpal tunnel, or will anything that restricts the bending motion work?

Are special splints required for my carpal tunnel, or will anything that restricts the bending motion work?

Neutral brace: Any wrist splint that holds your wrist straight (neutral) will work. Some splints hold your wrist back (extended). This decreases the space for the nerve (carpal tunnel) and are not as effective. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about ACE wrist splints for carpal tunnel?

Can you tell me about ACE wrist splints for carpal tunnel?

Nighttime: Nighttime splinting can be helpful to control nocturnal parasthesias by preventing wrist flexion while sleeping and will help control numbness and tingling during the day by facilitating drainage of edema. Primarily controls symptoms and settles down inflammation. ...Read more

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Does wearing a wrist splint at night make my carpal tunnel worse?

Does wearing a wrist splint at night make my carpal tunnel worse?

Not likely: Night splints are the mainstay of treatment of early carpal tunnel. Only if they are ill fitted or causing wrist flexion/extension when worn may they be worsening carpal tunnel. ...Read more

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With carpal tunnel should I sleep with wrist splints?

With carpal tunnel should I sleep with wrist splints?

Yes: Night time splinting can often relieve the frequent paresthesias that awaken patients and disrupt sleep with carpal tunnel syndrome. In my experience, this is more helpful early in the disease process. Other adjuncts such as steroid injections or carpal tunnel surgery are helpful if splints do not alleviate symptoms. ...Read more

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That there is a tingling in my hands. Should I try one of those carpal tunnel wrist splints?

That there is a tingling in my hands. Should I try one of those carpal tunnel wrist splints?

C ur MD first: See a doctor before self treating for a condition which could be indicative of a more serious underlying disorder. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery, will the hair on my hand look darker after the splint is removed or will it be the same because I have some black hairs.

I had carpal tunnel surgery, will the hair on my hand look darker after the splint is removed or will it be the same because I have some black hairs.

Shouldn't be problem: Usually we only see hair color change after a longer period of cast immobilization not a shorter term use of a splint. If you do get some hairs that are darker they will return to their normal color over time ...Read more

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My hand splints for carpal tunnel and sore wrist, what to do?

My hand splints for carpal tunnel and sore wrist, what to do?

Possibly surgery: Conservative treatment for carpal tunnel including splints, anti inflammatory meds and steroids work in the early stages but do not provide great long term relief as the condition worsens. Surgery can provide great relief and if done endoscopically can allow a rather quick return to function with minimal pain compared to traditional techniques. I would recommend an evaluation by a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How bad is my carpal tunnel if when my hand goes to sleep I get an itchy spot on my palm right below my first and middle fingers & hurts in my elbow?

If weakness = bad: Carpal tunnel syndrome can display a number of different symptoms including the ones you have described. It is "bad" in a prognostic sense if the symptoms include weakness of the muscles to the fingers and thumb of the affected hand. The more and longer you have weakness of the hand the less likely surgery is able to relieve the weakness. Pain is pain if frequent and worsening you do the math ;). ...Read more

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How much does carpal tunnel surgery cost. Does it hurt?

How much does carpal tunnel surgery cost. Does it hurt?

The Costs can hurt.: Well let's see. There is the surgeon's fee, operating room fee, recovery room fee, anesthesiologist's fee, pre-operative testing costs, miscellaneous intra-operative supply fees, post-operative medication fee and possible rehab costs. Your insurance company may have already negotiated a lot of the costs already. Without insurance, you will have to ask around for the best price. Minimal pain. ...Read more

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I am getting an injection of stereoids for carpal tunnel, but am scared I will pull away. Does it hurt and if I pull away, would it cause damage?

Hurts a little: A cortisone injection for cts given by a hand surgeon is mildly painful. If you feel a shock, your doctor will adjust the needle. Therre is no reason to pull away. If you are scared remind the doctor to hold you hand. ...Read more

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I hurt my left wrist over the summer. 1 dr believes it might be carpal tunnel, but my primary doesn't believe that's the case. What could b causing it?

I hurt my left wrist over the summer. 1 dr believes it might be carpal tunnel, but my primary doesn't believe that's the case. What could b causing it?

Occult fracture?: Wrist pain can be caused by a number of things including a missed or occult fracture, irritated tendons, nerve injury or irritation, arthritis, or bursitis. Many of these things can be treated symptomatically and resolve on their own, but some things like an occult or missed fracture may require additional evaluation and treatment. Referral to an orthopaedic surgeon or hand surgeon would help. ...Read more

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I had r carpal tunnel sg 5 weeks ago. I just tried to get on my comp and after only a few min of using mouse, my r thumb swell n hurt. Why? Is this nml?

Varies: Recovery from carpal tunnel syndrome varies based upon the individual and surgical technique used. In surgery, the transverse carpal ligament is divided, which can lead to activity related pain around the thumb, this is almost always temporary, you may want to cut back your activities for the short term until you are doing better. If you don't get better soon, sometimes therapy can help. ...Read more

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Which will hurt my carpal tunnel more: smartphone or ipad keypad?

Which will hurt my carpal tunnel more: smartphone or ipad keypad?

Not sure: It depends more on the provocative posture you are assuming while using these more than the device itself. ...Read more

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My wrist hurts when I put pressure on it to type. Is that carpal tunnel?

My wrist hurts when I put pressure on it to type. Is that carpal tunnel?

Maybe: Ct is usually symptoms of pain, hand numbness, and tingling of the fingers. Occ. Pts. Will present with wrist pain brought on by certain activities. If your pain persist I would see your local hand surgeon. ...Read more

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My wrist is swollen and hurts after writing a lot of notes the day before. Why? Is it pre signs of carpal tunnel? I'm only 19

My wrist is swollen and hurts after writing a lot of notes the day before. Why? Is it pre signs of carpal tunnel? I'm only 19

Unlikely: Carpal tunnel is caused by entrapment of the median nerve in the carpal canal. It produces numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger. Swelling can be a component, but carpal tunnel at your age is extremely rare and usually due to a secondary cause. If this doesn't improve for you, i'd see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Had carpal tunnel surgery 4 days ago. Still hurts pretty good. And now looks like the incision is splitting and it's still draining. Is this normal?

Had carpal tunnel surgery 4 days ago. Still hurts pretty good. And now looks like the incision is splitting and it's still draining. Is this normal?

Elevation: It sounds like you may be doing too much with your hand. Keep it elevated to your heart level, and exrcise fingers gently, but do not strain. If the incision is opening, it may be swollen because of keeping hand too low. You should call your surgeon. ...Read more

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My wrist doesn't hurt but my thumb is killing me. Could it be from having carpal tunnel?

Thumb pain especiall: At the base of thumb commonly is due to arthritis or tendonitis, the nerve pain that affects the thumb and fingers can be from carpal tunnel too but its is a diferent type of pain, a numb tingling pain that in severe cases of cts is known as dysesthesia or painful feeling. ...Read more

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My hands hurt from carpal tunnel really bad, how can I help the pain or the inflammation?

Seek a consult: Meet with a physician to discuss the diagnosis, precipitating activities, workplace modifications, splints, medications, possible injections, and/or surgery. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your index finger to swell and hurt 6 months after carpal tunnel surgery?

Is it normal for your index finger to swell and hurt 6 months after carpal tunnel surgery?

No: Time to get that checked out. Hard to say what is wrong without an exam. It may not be related to the cts. ...Read more

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I'm having problems with my wrist. It hurts both pinky side and thumb side could it be carpal tunnel? Or overuse injury? What can I do to relievepain?

I'm having problems with my wrist. It hurts both pinky side and thumb side could it be carpal tunnel? Or overuse injury? What can I do to relievepain?

Wrist pain: Wrist pain can be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome, overuse, or other injuries. Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by tingling sensation on palmar aspect of thumb/2nd/3rd/half of the 4th, it does not affect the pinky (5th). You can take otc pain relievers for pain. However, you will need proper evaluation by a physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can my wrists and hands hurt worse after wearing a brace for carpal tunnel?

Can my wrists and hands hurt worse after wearing a brace for carpal tunnel?

Possible!: At best, braces may help about a third of carpal tunnel patients, and many braces do not fit well or have improper angulation. Best to see a certified hand therapist and have the brace refitted. If this fails to help, consider other options. ...Read more

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I think I have carpal tunnel. It hurts when I write. My hands will lock up and go numb. And my wrist hurts. Plus I have fibromyalgia?

I think I have carpal tunnel. It hurts when I write. My hands will lock up and go numb. And my wrist hurts. Plus I have fibromyalgia?

Surgery- not so fast: The characteristic symptoms of carpal tunnel is tingling into the fingers with wrist movement. The wrist bones - carpal bone form an arch like tunnel and the medial nerve passes under that tunnel to you hands and fingers. Often the wrist is not painful so you need further evaluation. Wrist splints, injections to decrease the swelling of the median nerve can help. Surgery-not so fast. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Galland
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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more