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Dr. Adeshola Ezeokoli
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Wrist Splints (Overview)

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is an injury caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. The injury causes pain and numbness in the index and middle fingers and weakness of the thumb. Carpal tunnel receives its name from the eight bones in the wrist, called carpals, which form a "tunnel" through which the nerve leading to the hand extends. Your health care provider may put your wrist in a splint or brace to keep your wrist from bending, and to minimize or prevent pressure on the nerve. You'll probably need to wear the splint full time for 3 - 4 weeks, then at night only. Putting ice on your wrist, massaging the area, and doing stretching exercises may also help.


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Where do I go for wrist splints?

Where do I go for wrist splints?

Many places: Walgreens has decent quality and variety splints at cheap prices, some pharmacies, medical supply stores, doctors offices. ...Read more

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Dr. Adeshola Ezeokoli
26 doctors shared insights

Wrist Splints (Overview)

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is an injury caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. The injury causes pain and numbness in the index and middle fingers and weakness of the thumb. Carpal tunnel receives its name from the eight bones in the wrist, called carpals, which form a "tunnel" through which the nerve leading to the hand extends. Your health care provider may put your wrist in a splint or brace to keep your wrist from bending, and to minimize or prevent pressure on the nerve. You'll probably need to wear the splint full time for 3 - 4 weeks, then at night only. Putting ice on your wrist, massaging the area, and doing stretching exercises may also help.


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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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Managing Shin Splints (Checklist)

Get an osteopathic examination done of your neck, spine, hips, legs
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Check for low arches or flat feet
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Don't wear old orthotics that are full foot molds
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Dealing with wrist pain? Are the drugstore wrist splints worth buying?

Dealing with wrist pain? Are the drugstore wrist splints worth buying?

Maybe: Before simply splinting the wrist with a store bought splint it is helpful to obtain the correct diagnosis. Different splint configurations are used for different wrist conditions, therefore, it is helpful to see your specialist, get a diagnosis, and then the appropriate splint can be recommended or prescribed. ...Read more

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I have tendonitis running through my thumb wrist arm area. I have wore a splint for a week still no change its very painful. Help?

I have tendonitis running through my thumb wrist arm area. I have wore a splint for a week still no change its very painful. Help?

Avoid wringing: Usually activity related. Splint helpful, but does not overcome damage of wringing activities. Avoid them. E.G., use sponge instead of washcloth... ...Read more

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Is it okay to wiggle your fingers with a broken wrist. It is in a hard splint, to be castes next week?

Is it okay to wiggle your fingers with a broken wrist.  It is in a hard splint, to be castes next week?

Yes in fact: It is good for circulation, preventing stiffness and reducing pain. While the first time fingers move it may hurt more often it will feel better once they get going. ...Read more

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Where do I go for wrist splints?

Many places: Walgreens has decent quality and variety splints at cheap prices, some pharmacies, medical supply stores, doctors offices. ...Read more

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Dealing with wrist pain? Are the drugstore wrist splints worth buying?

Maybe: Before simply splinting the wrist with a store bought splint it is helpful to obtain the correct diagnosis. Different splint configurations are used for different wrist conditions, therefore, it is helpful to see your specialist, get a diagnosis, and then the appropriate splint can be recommended or prescribed. ...Read more

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Why do I have symptoms only during sleep? Wearing wrist splints every night, has helped a lot. Still have some numbness some nights, never during day.

Why do I have symptoms only during sleep? Wearing wrist splints every night, has helped a lot. Still have some numbness some nights, never during day.

See answer: There are several possible explanations for why CTS symptoms are worse at night. Various positions during sleep will cause the wrist to be bent, which increases pressure in the carpel tunnel and on the median nerve. During REM sleep there is no movement of the body to foster the flow of lymphatic fluid. Pooling of this fluid in the carpel tunnel will increase pressure on the median nerve. ...Read more

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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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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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2-3weeks of painful, sharp shooting veins. It has gone from my fingers, to wrist and sometimes up my elbows. Wrist splints dont help. Possible cause?

2-3weeks of painful, sharp shooting veins.  It has gone from my fingers, to wrist and sometimes up my elbows. Wrist splints dont help. Possible cause?

Exam needed: Your symptoms are very suggestive of carpal tunnel syndrome vs a possible cervical radiculopathy. I would suggest following with your doc and getting an EMG. If it appears to be carpal tunnel and the wrist sprints aren't helping, I would suggest seeing a hand surgeon at that point. Good luck! ...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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Could i type with a wrist splint?

Could i type with a wrist splint?

Yes: Your fingers should be free to move in a wrist splint. You may have to set your wrist on a towel or bump to get your fingers into a good position to type. ...Read more

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When does someone need a wrist splint?

When does someone need a wrist splint?

Support/protection: There are a number of reasons a splint can be helpful. It can provide support, it can protect an area from injury, and it can reduce the range of motion to a safe range. The down side is they can sometimes cause stiffness, atrophy, and be difficult to work in. See your doctor to decide if one is right for you. ...Read more

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How do you make a wrist splint at home?

How do you make a wrist splint at home?

Depends!: There are varieties of wrist splint for specific conditions of wrist problem.So, you need to know first what kind of wrist splint you need.To learn that you need to go to medical school or handtherapy school.Your best bet is to go and see your doctor if you have a wrist problem. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have to wear my wrist splint all day?

Splinting: Usually a splint is prescribed to be worn for 24 hours a day to protect a joint and prevent further injury to it. Ask the clinician who prescribed the splint to tell you how long you need to wear the splint and whether you can remove it for part of the day. ...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