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How can a wrist brace help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

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If you can, avoid bending your wrist all the way up or down. When you keep your wrist in a straight, neutral position, it takes the pressure off your median nerve.

Wearing a wrist brace when you sleep can help you do this. It might also help to wear it during activities that trigger your symptoms.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, OrthInfo: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief.”

University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, OrthInfo: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief.”

University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

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