Joint Inflammation
by Tom Hein | 3:06 pm

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome How a Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace Can Help

WHILE I haven’t personally experienced a need for a carpal tunnel wrist brace, I have broken my right wrist (and I am right-handed) and can attest to how beneficial it was to have a wrist brace to use after the cast came off. The extra support allowed me to go back to work sooner, even if I was a bit limited until the bone fully healed and the muscles built up strength again.

What I have done here, is researched facts and info relating to carpal tunnel and put them in one place for you to gain further insight into this painful joint problem. Since I am right handed, I targeted this article towards a right hand carpal tunnel wrist brace, although it can certainly effect just the left wrist, or both, sad to say.


What is Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the compression of the median nerve as it passes into the hand. The median nerve is located on the palm side of your hand, which passes through an opening (also called the carpal tunnel). The median nerve provides sensation (ability to feel) to your thumb, index finger, long finger, and part of the ring finger. It supplies the impulse to the muscle going to the thumb. Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur in one or both of your hands.

Swelling inside your wrist causes the compression in carpal tunnel syndrome. It can lead to numbness, weakness, and tingling on the side of your hand near the thumb.


What is the Cause?

Compression of the carpal tunnel and thus on the median nerve, can have many sources. Most common are:

~ diabetes

~ thyroid dysfunction

~ fluid retention from pregnancy or menopause

~ high blood pressure

~ autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis

~ fractures or trauma to the wrist

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be made worse if the wrist is overextended repeatedly. Repeated motion of your wrist contributes to swelling and compression of the median nerve. This may be the result of:

~ positioning of your wrists while using your keyboard or mouse

~ prolonged exposure to vibrations from using hand tools or power tools

~ any repeated movement that overextends your wrist, such as playing the piano, typing, or              painting


Men or Women – Who’s More at Risk?

CTS and Pregnancy

Women are 3 times more likely to develop it simply due to (on average) their carpal tunnel is smaller and can more easily affect the median nerve if inflammation occurs. Pregnancy is also another factor that puts the fairer gender at risk since fluid retention may occur do to changing hormones. The excess fluid will put pressure on the median nerve, resulting with the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome.


Wondering if Your Pain is actually CTS?

The symptoms to look for to confirm that pain in your wrist is really CTS or not, are listed here:

  • mild numbness and tingling in the hands (especially in the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers)
  • painful even during sleep
  • pain and/or weakness while trying to grip an objectJoint Inflammation

If you experience any of the above, and let it go without addressing it, more long term damage may be inflicted on the median nerve. This will result in loss of sensation such as unable to feel temperatures, loss of dexterity, and loss of muscle tone with weaker gripping ability.

It can also prove to be effective to wear a wrist brace while in bed, as one is likely to bend the wrist while sleeping and consequently, apply pressure to an already inflamed area. A carpal tunnel wrist brace will prevent this from happening.


All is Not Lost!

Help SignThis IS something that can be corrected and eliminated, provided you catch it early enough. No one wishes for surgical correction, or corticosteroid treatments, and this is where practical wrist management comes into play i.e. – cutting down repetitive wrist actions (maybe switching between hands), eliminating other root causes listed above, and by all means …… a carpal tunnel wrist brace to aid you until such time as your wrist heals – and it CAN heal if you give it a little help 😉

This is a concise overview for your consideration on the topic of CTS. If you have personal experience that you would like to share, or have a question – please leave it below and I will reply straight away. 🙂

All the best!

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Comments

Rasyied

Thanks a lot for this info, this truly helps and make me understand about my condition on both hands. I went to a doctor many times but no improvement. Now I realized, might be because of my autoimmune disorders. Yes, this pain was very2 bother me, especially if I need them to work on the computer. If that happens, I cannot work with my hands. this pain as you describe, numbness tingling, but the skin of my outside hands also painful to touch, like if they touched by thorns. And the only thing I can do just rest my hands and treat them with hot water or hot balm. I hope you never experienced this. It’s very very annoying and disturbing once. Thank you.

Mar 30.2019 | 06:21 pm

    Tom Hein

    Thank you for your comments. I can imagine how much discomfort this causes you. I hope you find relief very soon!
    All the best,
    Tom

    Mar 30.2019 | 06:29 pm

Fran

Thanks for your informative post.  Carpal tunnel is not fun.  There was a time when my doctor prescribed a wrist wrap for me.  As he designed one and had it made in many sizes, he was able to fit me with one on the spot.  I wore it day and night. It was helpful, and eventually I was able to go without it.  At least I have it if more problems arise.

Fortunately, my carpal tunnel problem has not returned.  However, I know it is a common one for many people.  

Do you think surgery for carpal tunnel is effective?  I’ve heard opinions on both sides, and would like to know what you think.

Jun 15.2019 | 05:44 pm

    Tom Hein

    Hello Fran, and thank you for your experiences, comments, and question. 

    As I told KG, our bodies are miraculously able to self-heal, and personally, I prefer to give it every opportunity to do just that. 

    I think surgery is sometimes necessary when the situation has been ignored too long, and no brace on earth can correct it. Although, when this is addressed early enough, resting the wrist as much as possible, and in conjunction with a quality wrist brace, the offending inflammation can be eliminated and normal function restored. 

    I hope your wrist gives you many years of pain free use Fran, and you will not need to dust off your brace 😉

    All the best,

    Tom

    Jun 15.2019 | 06:25 pm

KG

Hi Tom! Thanks for the info. I had no idea that there were warning signs to carpal tunnel nor did I know that you can prevent it from happening. My grandmother suffered from carpal tunnel and it was really hard to see her in pain, dropping mugs and other things. She never used a brace to help, I wish she would have though. Anyway, thank you for the information again, and I’ll definitely spread the knowledge.

-KG

Jun 15.2019 | 05:44 pm

    Tom Hein

    Helping others with knowledge is a great thing KG! The “pay it forward” motto works for me 😉

    Carpal tunnel is such a limiting and painful thing to go through, and if surgery is opted for, it adds to the misery (until it heals). 

    Rest and the support that is offered via a brace can do wonders. The body is fully capable of healing itself, and sometimes it needs a little assistance to do so. 

    I hope you never need this type of brace, but if it should happen – please remember my site 😉

    All the best,

    Tom

    Jun 15.2019 | 06:15 pm

Khobayer Khan

Hello Tom Hein,
This is a very informative article you have written. I am just known about a serious problem that can be occurred. You have described all about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). This seems dangerous as you told all these about CTS. Can you please explain how diabetes and high blood pressure can cause CTS? what should we do to prevent CTS? Can you please say something about the drug treatment or what should we do if we develop CTS?

Jun 15.2019 | 06:30 pm

    Tom Hein

    Very good questions Khobayer – thank you for this!

    If overuse of the wrist is combined with some type of inflammation or blood flow restriction, this can lead to compression of the nerves in the wrist and you end up with what has been labeled CTS. 

    I’m personally not an advocate for reaching for pharmaceuticals first thing. This can be corrected (if addressed early on) by resting the wrist as much as possible, and using a quality brace. The body can inherently heal itself if given a chance to. 

    Prevention stems from being conscious in how you use your wrists. If you have a job that requires repetitive wrist actions, take periodic breaks, switch between right and left if possible, and where required – do some moderate exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. 

    I hope this gives you more insight into CTS.

    All the best,

    Tom

    Jun 15.2019 | 07:03 pm

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