Wrist pain is a common health complaint among office workers in the United States. For many, the complications with wrist pain often are associated with a repetitive trauma injury known as carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are struggling with wrist pain, it is important to become familiar with the variety of home remedies you can use to alleviate pain, including the use of a carpal tunnel hand brace.
Available without a doctor’s prescription, the carpal tunnel hand brace can be purchased in most local medical supply stores. While you may be inclined to use the brace when working, as this is the time when your wrist pain seems to be developing, it is best to wear the hand brace when you are sleeping and your muscles are at rest. In many cases, your carpal tunnel syndrome is worsened during your sleep and this is one of the most important times to wear the brace and prevent long term complications.
Before purchasing a carpal tunnel hand brace, you may want to consult with a healthcare provider regarding your wrist pain to ensure the complication is not related to another health condition. For some office workers, the complications with carpal tunnel-type pain may be related to neuropathic pain associated with obesity or with chronic health conditions such as diabetes. It is important, therefore, that a doctor rule out these other conditions first.
Of course, you can use the carpal tunnel hand brace without consulting a physician and, just like using a mallet finger splint, the brace can be worn while you are at work. Ultimately, the best time to wear the hand brace will be when your wrists are in a relaxed state and when there is a risk for potential hyperextension to occur. For many adults, after wearing the carpal tunnel hand brace for a week, there is a noticeable improvement in the carpal tunnel symptoms in the wrist.
Over the long term, the pain you have developed with carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrists may only worsen until you change your work environment. Before quitting your job, however, try to ask about ergonomically correct workspaces and do your best to modify your tasks, with taking breaks, and you will find the best results when you use this collaborative approach to your wrist pain.
Sources: Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, by Sharon J. Butler