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Wrist Splints For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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 ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dr., i had diagnosed carpal tunnel syndrome at my left hand, what is the worst can be with this? If i only use splint.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can wrist curls using dumbbells contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome? Trying to build up my forearms.
Please let me know what is the condition of the wrist/hand that is on the opposite side of the carpal tunnel syndrome area?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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