How does Carpal Tunnel syndrome occur? When the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed, it can lead to the condition.
This nerve travels through the carpal tunnel of your wrist and serves the first three fingers of your hand and the thumb.
Sometimes tendons at the base of your hand will become irritated and swollen. When this happens, pressure is applied to the median nerve in your arm. There are several reasons why you may develop this condition.
The carpal tunnel in your hand may be too small. This can put pressure on the median nerve and cause you pain. The condition may develop from repetitive hand or wrist movements. If you have sprained or broken your wrist, these injuries could also cause the syndrome. Arthritis, pregnancy, and menopause can also cause the syndrome.
What are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel syndrome? It mainly affects the index and middle fingers. Here you may feel dryness, numbness, pins and needles. Muscles in your fingers and thumb may become weak in more severe cases. You may also find it hard to grip things.
Sometimes you will have a sharp pain that will shoot through your wrist and arm. Itching and burning in your hand and fingers may also be signs that you have the condition. Symptoms will vary and the severity of the condition will depend on how squashed the median nerve becomes.
Can anything help with the pain? Carpal tunnel wrist braces can help when you have pain from this syndrome. Your wrist can be kept stable with wrist braces. They do this through controlled compression.
This means that the wrist braces protect and apply pressure to your wrist to keep it from moving. They do this by preventing shock and vibration. Wrist braces let you freely move your fingers and thumbs. And are adjustable, comfortable, and easy to use. Less pressure on the wrist can help reduce some of the symptoms.
Carpal tunnel wrist braces on the market include: the Hely & Weber Gel Wrist Wrap, the Bioskin Cock-Up Brace DP2T, and the Bauerfeind ManuTrain Brace. Out of these 3 braces, the Bauerfeind more likely offers the best support.
It is known as the only active stabilizing support for the wrist available on the market. It is the most expensive brace of the 3 as it costs $104.95. The other two braces offer good support for the pain and cost $39.95 (Hely and Weber) and $35.95 (Bioskin).
These prices have been referenced from Braceshop.com.