Carpal tunnel splints are items that a carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, patient will wear on their arm. It covers the bottom part of the hand, all of the wrist and most of the arm up to the elbow. There are several reasons a doctor may prescribe one for you to wear. This could be because your arm is swelling too much or it may be because your doctor is trying to avoid subjecting you to surgery. In the simplest form, this splint will offer support to your wrist by making sure it cannot bend.
These carpal tunnel splints have a hard bar that in the underside that will keep your wrist immobile. The theory behind this is if your wrist cannot bend, your carpal tunnel cannot cause further damage. Wearing a splint can dramatically reduce your swelling by keeping the blood flow normal, and allowing for healing.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is painful and can affect anyone who must move their wrists, hands, even fingers, in a continued motion all of the time. If you have CTS, you will experience a wide range of symptoms. Imagine you’re grabbing for a glass of milk, as you have done this many times before, however this time it drops from your hand. Your grip can lose strength and cause you to have a harder time holding on to things. There will be mornings when you wake up and your hand and most of your arm feel asleep for the first couple of hours. Other symptoms include pain in the joints, a tingling in your fingers, and a noticeable drop in your ability to perform normal mundane tasks. Carpal tunnel splints can help these symptoms greatly.
Anyone anytime can develop CTS and it can come on gradually or all of a sudden. Your carpal tunnel is a hollowed out region connecting to your wrist on three sides. It’s designed to protect your tendons, muscles, tissue and nerves in your arm surrounding your wrist. The most important nerve running through it is called the meridian nerve. This nerve controls and transmits the impulses from your brain to your hand and back. Your carpal tunnel is bone like, however it is not bone. Just like sandpaper, a continual motion hour after hour will begin to wear on it. When this tissue becomes stretched or impacted it will begin to press on your meridian nerve. Similar to when you sprain your ankle; your carpal tunnel needs time to heal. This is why carpal tunnel splints are helping many sufferers of carpal tunnel syndrome.
The key reason carpal tunnel splints will help you are their ability to cut down on the movement of the carpal tunnel. By not bending your wrist you are allowing time for any irritation to heal. These are not the most comfortable solution to have to wear. You wrist is designed to bend, and now all of a sudden you cannot. However this may be a small price to pay, if the carpal tunnel splints are the solution to your problem.
When you start noticing any of the symptoms of CTS it is important for you to immediately visit your doctor. If you can get treated soon enough, you may have an easy recovery process. Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is fraught with complications, so it is comforting to have the option of carpal tunnel splints.