As an avid gamer who also works an office job and spends at least half his day notoriously smashing the buttons on the keyboard, there are certain medical issues that have arose. One of the most painful, yet easiest to prevent, is the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Unfortunately, due to people not being well-informed about it, a lot of cases spiral out of control and a lot of people end up with experiencing unbearable pain.
There’s a number of things you can do to mitigate the pain, you can (and you should) take frequent breaks, maintain a healthy weight and stretch. However, sometimes this isn’t enough, and you need to take additional action. This is where a wrist brace for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be a game changer. A wrist brace for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome keeps your wrist nice and warm, and forces you to hold it in a proper position when using the computer.
The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the condition in which a nerve in your wrist is numb, compressed, causes pain and tingles. The median nerve travels down your shoulder to your wrist, where it passes through a narrow point with tendons. The nerve controls the feelings and movements in your first three fingers and your thumb. The most common symptoms are numbness, hand weakness, swollen fingers, having a difficulty manipulating and holding small objects as well as having difficulties making a fist.
Depending on the amount of pain you’re experiencing and the stage in which the illness is, there are different types of wrist braces. If you aren’t sure which one is right for you, visit a health professional or spend some time reading online to ensure you’re making the right choice.
Severe Pain Relief
The braces worn for severe pain relief should be worn for a limited amount of time – from 15 minutes up to an hour. Besides reducing the pain you’re experiencing, the brace will provide proper wrist support by keeping your hand straight and in some cases applying cold or heat for more relief.
Moderate to Severe
If this is the case, then you want an adjustable compression brace. These feature strong Velcro straps which allow you to adjust how tight or loose you want them to be. Additionally, they might have metal splints inside them which prevent the up and down wrist movement. You can wear these throughout the day and even throughout the night. They offer excellent support for your wrist if you’ve been experiencing pain for a while. It usually takes a few weeks for you to get used to them and to start feeling the difference.
Prevention to Moderate
Perhaps you don’t feel any pain yet, but are suspicious and you’ve started feeling some of the symptoms, so naturally, you want to make sure it doesn’t get worse. A light compression brace will be perfect in this case, as it will fit your wrist well, prevent it from swelling and keep it warm. It will not restrict hand movements at all and it won’t allow awkward bending while you sleep.