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Are special splints required for my carpal tunnel, or will anything that restricts the bending motion work?

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Dr. Roy Bergstrom
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Anything supportive

While the carpel tunnel splints may be the most comfortable and supportive, any agent that holds the wrist in a similar posisiton will work.
The wrist guards used in roller blading are a particularly useful alternative.

In brief: Anything supportive

While the carpel tunnel splints may be the most comfortable and supportive, any agent that holds the wrist in a similar posisiton will work.
The wrist guards used in roller blading are a particularly useful alternative.
Dr. Roy Bergstrom
Dr. Roy Bergstrom
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Dr. Richard Popowitz
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Neutral brace

Any wrist splint that holds your wrist straight ( neutral) will work.
Some splints hold your wrist back (extended) . This decreases the space for the nerve ( carpal tunnel) and are not as effective.

In brief: Neutral brace

Any wrist splint that holds your wrist straight ( neutral) will work.
Some splints hold your wrist back (extended) . This decreases the space for the nerve ( carpal tunnel) and are not as effective.
Dr. Richard Popowitz
Dr. Richard Popowitz
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Dr. Gary Pess
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Wrist splint

Inexpensive wrist splints can be found in any drug store or big stores like walmart.
It's important to make sure your wrist is straight in the splint and not cocked up or bent.

In brief: Wrist splint

Inexpensive wrist splints can be found in any drug store or big stores like walmart.
It's important to make sure your wrist is straight in the splint and not cocked up or bent.
Dr. Gary Pess
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Dr. Randy Hauck
Best time is to wear them is at night while sleeping.
Dr. Todd Guyette
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Nothing special

The splints need to hold the wrist in a neutral position - that can be done with over the counter splints from the local pharmacy or specialized splints fabricated by therapy.
They both work the same.

In brief: Nothing special

The splints need to hold the wrist in a neutral position - that can be done with over the counter splints from the local pharmacy or specialized splints fabricated by therapy.
They both work the same.
Dr. Todd Guyette
Dr. Todd Guyette
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: Brace

Any brace that keeps the wrist in a neutral or slightly extended position will suffice.

In brief: Brace

Any brace that keeps the wrist in a neutral or slightly extended position will suffice.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes, neutral wrist

The carpal tunnel has the most space for the median nerve while in a neutral position, not flexed or extended.
Off the self braces tend to place the wrist in an extended position. You can bend the brace yourself or you can have a custom splint made by an occupational therapist. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for further evaluation and treatment options.

In brief: Yes, neutral wrist

The carpal tunnel has the most space for the median nerve while in a neutral position, not flexed or extended.
Off the self braces tend to place the wrist in an extended position. You can bend the brace yourself or you can have a custom splint made by an occupational therapist. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for further evaluation and treatment options.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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