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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Where to Buy Carpal Tunnel Splints Braces Online?

Updated on July 17, 2011

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome also known as CTS is caused due to repetitive strain injury. It is a condition characterized by numbness, pain, a prickling needle sensation, and weakness of fingers, mainly affecting the thumb and 2 adjacent fingers. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may begin suddenly or gradually and usually affects both hands. If not treated on time, this syndrome can cause permanent damage to the muscles of median nerve distribution and hands. If carpal tunnel syndrome is acute and proper treatment is provided with the help of medications and carpal tunnel splints or wrist brace during night and wristbands during the day, there is an excellent chance of complete recovery for the patient. In cases of chronic carpal tunnel syndrome, surgery may be required. The numbness, pain, muscle weakness, and needle-like sensation of CTS is due to constant pressure on the median nerve because of long-term keyboard use and many other factors. The median nerve is a nerve that enters our hand via the carpal tunnel and carries signals from our hand to brain. At the wrist, the median nerve and several other tendons (which also allow flexion of the fingers and thumb) pass through the carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel is actually a tunnel set up by the carpal bones (wrist) and soft tissue. The most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is inflammation or swelling around the tendon and nerve, which therefore increases the pressure within the carpal tunnel. This increased pressure caused mainly due to overuse affects the median nerve function causing the typical symptoms of this syndrome.

Carpal tunnel splint
Carpal tunnel splint

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?

As mentioned above, if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you may feel some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Pain, sensation of needles, and numbness in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers.
  • Pain, which radiates from the hand up toward the forearm and can get to the shoulder.
  • A feeling of swelling of fingers that is not visible.

ALSO YOU MAY NOTICE:

  • Your hands will become weak thereby causing you to slip things from your hand.
  • You will experience trouble squeezing or grasping small objects with the help of your fingers.

ALSO IT WILL BE HARD FOR YOU TO DO CERTAIN TASKS WITH YOUR HANDS LIKE:

  • Buttoning your shirt
  • Writing with a pen
  • Removing the lid from a jar.
  • Opening or closing a door.

Moreover, you will experience loss of muscle mass at the base of the thumb leading to loss of overall strength and health of the hands. At first, the symptoms of CTS come and go, but then aggravate due to overuse and repetitive strain to the hand. Sometimes, you will feel no symptoms when the hand is at rest. As the condition worsens and there is more pressure on the median nerve, you may experience numbness of the hand throughout the day requiring wristbands.

TREATMENT FOR ACUTE CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME WITH CARPAL TUNNEL SPLINT OR BRACE

The aim of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is to reduce pain and prevent this syndrome from progressing any further, as it can cause further weakness of the hands. The type of treatment for CTS depends on the severity of CT syndrome and may include any or all of the following conservative measures:

  • Carpal tunnel splint or orthopedic wrist brace which can be used to keep your wrist straight while you are sleeping at night.
  • If symptoms persist despite carpal tunnel splinting, you can also use a carpal tunnel wristband during the day.

The benefits of carpal tunnel wrist splint, orthopedic wrist braces, and wristbands is to immobilize your wrist and give it some rest, as this will reduce edema that is caused due to repetitive strain injury. Your occupational therapist can make a wrist splint for you but you also have the option to buy an over the counter carpal tunnel splint online. If the condition is very severe or your orthopedic doctor has given you the diagnosis of chronic carpal tunnel syndrome, then you may need to have pain management with cortisone injections, pain medicines, or carpal tunnel surgery information to which I will provide in my next article.

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      shekhar sharma 5 years ago

      whats cost approx for cts surgery

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      If you type a lot on computer, then take frequent rest breaks and also do wrist and finger exercises to prevent pain and stiffness.

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      trimar7 7 years ago from New York

      I am on my computer way too much. This article has given me some ideas - thank you.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure mdlawyer.

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      mdlawyer 7 years ago

      Very interesting hub. Useful information. Thanks soni2006

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot JTrempe for your expert review of this hub. Also, thanks for the helpful link.

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      JTrempe 7 years ago from CA, USA

      Very helpful information. As a physical therapist I can recommend seeking all forms of conservative treatment before having surgery. Splinting can be a very effective form of treatment as is physical/occupational therapy. If you are facing carpal tunnel surgery, always get a second opinion.

      For more information, visit:

      http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/carpal-tunnel-...

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Dear rm, your advice is really useful for splint wearers. Thanks for sharing your hands-on experience with making and applying orthotics such as splints and braces.

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      You're right about the skin. The splints can get sweaty and stinky. Wearers can cut the toes off of a tube sock, then cut a slit for the thumb. Pull the sock over the hand and wrist to wear under splints to absorb perspiration, or wear with the light compression gloves.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much rmcrayne for a review of this hub. As you have got personal experience in your clinic making custom splints, your review of this hub is a great asset for me.

      Regarding wear schedule, I agree that a person must use the splints according to the symptoms and decrease the use when symptoms decrease because long-term splint use can cause irritation to the skin.

      Also, I have added compression gloves as suggested by you. Thanks a lot.

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      I'm usually very critical of articles on topics like CTS, but you did a good job Soni! As you know, I am an occupational therapist. My clinic fabricated lots of custom splints, but for CTS, the over the counter splints like you have displayed here are often more than adequate.

      As far as wear schedule, I recommend wear according to symptoms. If pain and/or numbness are constant, then wear the splints all the time. As symptoms subside, then decrease splint wear.

      Compression gloves also work very well, especially for pregnant women, where swelling is much more a factor. The gloves are pictured in my arthritis strategies, and my arthritis resting hand splints hubs. I suggest you take a look and then add some gloves to your Amazon (which I also need to do!).

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