A wrist splint is a brace that looks like a fingerless glove. It
stabilizes your wrist in a straight and sometimes slightly bent-back position.
Wearing a wrist splint minimizes pressure on the
median nerve and allows you a period of "relative
rest" from movements that make
carpal tunnel syndrome worse.
Think about these guidelines when you use a wrist splint:
When worn to stabilize the wrist during sleep, a
wrist splint can reduce pain and pressure on the median nerve.
wrist splint isn't a substitute for good workplace design and proper body
mechanics. Some experts advise against wearing a wrist splint while working,
because doing so can strain the hand's tendons.
A wrist splint is a
helpful short-term treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. But long-term use
can cause your muscles to weaken. During and after a period of splint use,
exercise and slowly increase your hand and wrist movements. This will help prevent
your wrist muscles from weakening.
Splints are available in drugstores without a prescription. They are
also available by prescription from orthopedic and medical supply stores.
Physical and occupational therapists can make custom-fit splints from
lightweight materials that may be more comfortable to wear.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 02, 2012
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