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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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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones, tissues, and ligaments of the wrist. This tunnel exists to protect the median nerve, which controls sensations and movement to the thumb and fingers (not including the little finger). Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the carpal tunnel is inflamed and swollen, which pinches the median nerve and results in feelings of numbness, decreased grip strength, and muscle ...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 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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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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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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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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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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I have pain where the pulse is at the wrist. Is that a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Doesn't sound like: This doesn't sound like it. It may be more of a ganglion, or arthrits. Or an old fracture, tendonitis, etc. ...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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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