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Will wearing a brace help with my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Will wearing a brace help with my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Splint: One problem is that many make the splint too tight especially at night, this increases the pressure! a second issue may be the shape of the splint wrt to your hand and wrist, the bump may be in the wrong spot finally do you have carpal tunnel? Or something else too such as arthritis in your thumb ? A splint may lessen carpal tunnel symptoms and help but be careful ! ...Read more

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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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What kind of brace is best for carpal tunnel?

What kind of brace is best for carpal tunnel?

A brace that: Is solid on the wrist side and keeps your wrist in a slightly extended position, maybe 10 degrees at most. Make sure to wear it during activities that aggravate your carpal tunnel syndrome and also at night as we tend to flex our wrists at night. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a carpal tunnel brace used for?

Docs can you explain what is a carpal tunnel brace used for?

Good option : It is a common conservative treatment option for cts. It keeps the hand neutral or slightly extended. This minimizes irritation of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel and often times reduces or alleviates the cts symptoms. ...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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Tried the brace; no luck. What can help Carpal Tunnel besides cortisone shots or surgery?

Tried the brace; no luck. What can help Carpal Tunnel besides cortisone shots or surgery?

Possibilities: Would rate the following about 35% effective, but might be tried: Pyridoxine phosphate 100 mg twice daily for 6 weeks, with an added anti-inflammatory med such as Naproxen Sodium 375 mg thrice daily. ...Read more

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Is it appropriate to wear wrist braces all of the time to prevent carpal tunnel pain? Or will it still be effective if worn only to bed for example.

Is it appropriate to wear wrist braces all of the time to prevent carpal tunnel pain? Or will it still be effective if  worn only to bed for example.

Not all the time: Wrist splints/braces should ber worn the least amount of time necessary to lessen symptoms. Over-use of such devices leads to muscle wasting, tendon problems, possible joint contractures and even circulatory problems. If your symptoms are so severe that you feel the need for such devices, you should consider surgery, which has a very high success rate. ...Read more

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I'm 21 years old & was diagnosed with mild carpal tunnel in june so i was given braces. Terrible pain is now traveling down my arms. What do I do?

I'm 21 years old & was diagnosed with mild carpal tunnel in june so i was given braces. Terrible pain is now traveling down my arms. What do I do?

See a specialist: Carpal tunnel is when the median nerve gets pinched at the level of the wrist. The median nerve gives sensation to the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger and these are the digits that develop the pain/numbness/tingling seen with class carpal tunnel. The mainstay of early carpal tunnel management is night time splints but failing that the next step is steroid injections or surgery. ...Read more

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I have mild carpal tunnel. Doctor says i need a wrist brace. I have tremors in my pinkies. What type and/ or brand of wrist brace do you recommend?

I have mild carpal tunnel. Doctor says i need a wrist brace.  I have tremors in my pinkies.  What type and/ or brand of wrist brace do you recommend?

See below: The proper splint for carpal tunnel syndrome is called a neutral wrist splint. This keeps the wrist in a so called neutral position, no flexed or extended. The splint should be worn at night all night. If the symptoms do not improve after 6 weeks, daytime wear as well can be tried. If no improvement, other approaches in include cortisone injections and surgery if it worsens. Weight loss also helps. ...Read more

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Does pain in my left hand between my thumb and pointer fingers mean I have carpal tunnel? I tried a hand brace but no relief!

Does pain in my left hand between my thumb and pointer fingers mean I have carpal tunnel? I tried a hand brace but no relief!

Arthritis: Pain between the thumb and index finger is most commonly from a joint called the basal joint also known as the first carpometacarpal joint. Depending upon your age it can be either a loose joint or possibly arthritis. I would have you see a hand surgeon to get x-rays and a full evaluation. ...Read more

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The doctor told me I have carpal tunnel and to wear a wrist brace and take aleve (naproxen). How else can I releve pain in my shoulder and neck?

The doctor told me I have carpal tunnel and to wear a wrist brace and take aleve (naproxen). How else can I releve pain in my shoulder and neck?

Physical therapy: Physical and occupational therapist can help you out. If you have the money (or your insurance covers it), see a chiropractor may be helpful. Conservative therapy at first before doing something major is always recommended. ...Read more

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Can I take motrin to help with my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can I take motrin to help with my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes but may not work: You certainly can take Motrin for relief of mild symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. However, there is no strong scientific data to support taking it for any prolonged period of time nor should you expect Motrin to make carpal tunnel syndrome go away. If your symptoms persist, see your physician. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help ease my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can acupuncture help ease my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Acupuncture is worth a try! carpal tunnel symptoms may be due to inflammation, but what your doctor may not tell you is that carpal tunnel symptoms may also be due to other issues such as b vitamin deficiencies or low thyroid function (regardless of normal thyroid levels). Make sure you have these investigated before binding yourself with wrist splints or having surgery! ...Read more

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How to deal with my carpal tunnel syndrome?

How to deal with my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Varies: If it is mild, a splint can be worn at night. If it is severe, surgery can be required. ...Read more

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What should I do about my carpal tunnel syndrome?

What should I do about my carpal tunnel syndrome?

CTS treatment: If you are certain of the diagnosis, you must be aware of the treatments: 1. wrist splinting 2. surgery 3. medication for pain, gabapentin or amitriptyline, or NSAIDs Not everyone responds to these, but more than 60% respond to the splinting. Hopefully you will consider trying this. ...Read more

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Why do the symptoms of my carpal tunnel syndrome worsen in the morning and right before my period?

Why do the symptoms of my carpal tunnel syndrome worsen in the morning and right before my period?

All about pressure: Symptoms of carpal tunnel are worse when there is increased pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the wrist. We tend to sleep with our wrists bent, which increases the pressure and causes symptoms at night or early in the morning. You have fluid retention and swelling during your period, which increases pressure as well. Your doctor can suggest tips to reduce or eliminate symptoms. ...Read more

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When my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome act up should I have the affected hand rest completely or should I try to do some exercises with that hand?

When my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome act up should I have the affected hand rest completely or should I try to do some exercises with that hand?

Some advice: We usually find that repetitive flexion and extension activities at the wrist promote carpal tunnel syndrome, and one approach to help, involves usage of a wrist extension brace, which keeps the wrist in a constant position. Exercise really is of little benefit if you have advanced carpal tunnel and injection or surgical decompression is highly successful. ...Read more

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Who can get carpal tunnel syndrome?

Who can get carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you have a hand..: Anyone with a hand can get carpal tunnel syndrome. Certainly pregnant women, diabetics, hypothyroid patients and people who do a lot of hand intensive work have a higher incidence of it. None the less, you don't have to be in one of those groups to develop it. ...Read more

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Can children get carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can children get carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes but very rare: Yes it's possible but very rare in my experience in children <16. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more