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Doctor insights on: Wrist Brace Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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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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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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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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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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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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How to bandage my wrist for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Night splint: Use a wrist splint while sleeping that keeps your wrist in the straight position. During the day a compression sleeve or glove might help. ...Read more

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I have wrist and elbow pain; is this carpal tunnel syndrome?

I have wrist and elbow pain; is this carpal tunnel syndrome?

No: Carpal tunnel pain is usually an electrical shock or shooting pain in the hand from movement in the wrist. One of the tests is to tap on the wrist to elicit the pain. Elbow pain may be from a tendonitis or bursitis, for example. Wrist pain can be from several causes too including strain. However, one does not get elbow pain with carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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Does carpal tunnel syndrome effect other joints than the wrist?

Does carpal tunnel syndrome effect other joints than the wrist?

No: Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve is compressed at the wrist. However, the same median nerve can be compressed near the elbow and is referred to as pronator syndrome. ...Read more

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Does Carpal tunnel syndrome make your wrist region smaller in muscle?

Does Carpal tunnel syndrome make your wrist region smaller in muscle?

Not the wrist!: Median nerve compression if severe enough may cause atrophy of the musc The symptoms are mostly sensoryles around the thumb (thenar eminence0 ...Read more

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Can wrist curls using dumbbells contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome? Trying to build up my forearms.

Can wrist curls using dumbbells contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome? Trying to build up my forearms.

Ans: A repetitive use of the wrists can inflame the sheath through which the median nerve passes. Be careful if any repetitive usage. ...Read more

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Please let me know what is the condition of the wrist/hand that is on the opposite side of the carpal tunnel syndrome area?

Please let me know what is the condition of the wrist/hand that is on the opposite side of the carpal tunnel syndrome area?

See a Hand surgeon: The commonest conditions on the back of the wrist are the presence of a lump which is usually painless or pain in the wrist secondary to arthritis or degeneration and tenosynovitis. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I make my wrists stronger if I suspect carpal tunnel syndrome?

How can I make my wrists stronger if I suspect carpal tunnel syndrome?

Don't: Carpal tunnel is not a problem with wrist strength and one cannot exercise the syndrome away. Treatment requires immobilization of the wrist for as much time per day as possible while allowing inflammation to subside. ...Read more

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Which is the best way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist?

Which is the best way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist?

Splints, surgery: The most common treatments for cts are wrist splints that typically are worn at night , anti inflammatory medications, some advocate steroid injections, and if the symptoms persist, a carpal tunnel release surgery. Surgery typically has a very good success rate. ...Read more

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Are thin wrists, and long thin hands on a male a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome or something else?

Not carpal tunnel: First off the description is of physical characteristics which is something distinct from symptoms. Symptoms of carpal tunnel would typically be related to entrapment of the median nerve i.E numbness, tingling and weakness of the hand. I'm not aware that this occurs to any greater degree in someone with long fingers though a thin wrist might certainly predispose to compression of the nerve. ...Read more

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I have bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and every morning when I wake up and stretch my wrists and hands basically crackle. Is this from the CTS?

I have bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and every morning when I wake up and stretch my wrists and hands basically crackle. Is this from the CTS?

Hard to say?: Think of it this way, whatever it is that is causing the 'crackle' may be the same thing causing the carpal tunnel. If clinically relevant, I do screen CTS patients for gout and rheumatoid arthritis but again, only if they tell me something in the history that makes me believe this is a possibility or likewise I see something on exam to suggest these. ...Read more

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Is it possible that after the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome about the wrist I suffered suffered nerve damage?

Is it possible that after the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome about the wrist I suffered suffered nerve damage?

Yes: It is quite rare but possible for a nerve injury to occur during carpal tunnel release surgery. It is also possible for the nerve to feel slightly hypersensitive in the immediate post operative period. I would seek a second opinion if you are concerned for a nerve injury. ...Read more

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Hello, I need surgery on both wrists because of severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. How long will it take after surgery before I can use my hand again?

Hello, I need surgery on both wrists because of severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. How long will it take after surgery before I can use my hand again?

Varies: If your carpal tunnel is severe I would bet you cannot use your hands now...... Recovery varies, but fine motor is pretty good right away progressing to full strength after a few weeks. ...Read more

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Cold. I also sometimes get this light, achy pain in my wrist. Is it possible that I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Cold. I also sometimes get this light, achy pain in my wrist. Is it possible that I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Usually tingling: That's not a typical presentation. Carpal tunnel surgery is a compression of the median nerve at the wrist so symptoms involve that nerve and specifically sensory symptoms such as generalized discomfort of the hand, numbness and tingling on the thumb side of the hand as well as motor changes and specifically weakness of the hand especially involving the thumb. ...Read more

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Advice for carpal tunnel syndrome caused by using a computer and mouse at work? I already wear a SmartGlove on my wrist.

Advice for carpal tunnel syndrome caused by using a computer and mouse at work? I already wear a SmartGlove on my wrist.

Rest: carpal tunnel is overgrowth of band around tunnel for median nerve , rest ius best treatment but half cocked Velcro wrist splints especially at night along with pain meds like Excedrin, motrin , aleve (naproxen) good , repetitive wristflexion /work causes this most often though not sure in many cases if getting worse steroid injection or surgery in order but still can come back if repetitive use again builds ...Read more

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My wrist clicks every time I move it up and down. Is this carpal tunnel syndrome?

My wrist clicks every time I move it up and down. Is this carpal tunnel syndrome?

No: Carpal tunnel symptoms include wrist pain and tingling in the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring finger. Wrist clicking may be from your tendons moving around or from fluid in your joints. ...Read more

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Could hand grippers cause carpal tunnel syndrome or provoke wrist injuries?

Could hand grippers cause carpal tunnel syndrome or provoke wrist injuries?

Overuse: Hand grippers will flair up or cause over use syndromes of the wrist such as flexor tendonitis and possible carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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I get numb along the side of my hand from the pinky to the wrist...it can extend to the ring/middle finger...Is this Carpal tunnel syndrome?

I get numb along the side of my hand from the pinky to the wrist...it can extend to the ring/middle finger...Is this Carpal tunnel syndrome?

No: The distribution of numbness is not consistent with carpal tunnel. It is more consistent with an ulnar nerve entrapment. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Hand & wrist numbness - can joint pain be a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Hand & wrist numbness - can joint pain be a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Possibly: Hand numbness, more so than wristnumbness, can be a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome. So can pain in the digits of the hand. Predominately the symptoms are felt in the first three digits of your hand. Electro diagnostic testing may help determine if you have carpal tunnel syndrome or something else. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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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