Wrist Splint - Should You Buy One?
A wrist splint is a garment that is worn on the wrist either to protect it from the stresses caused by arthritis or for enabling it to heal properly. Wrist splints are extensively used in the rehabilitation of patients affected by arthritis. They immobilize both the wrist and give compression and heat to the affected wrist tendons and ligaments.
Wrist splints come in different forms and for every condition like carpal tunnel syndrome, there is a specific kind of splint. Most people rate splints according to how fast they are able to provide relief from pain or reduce the stiffness in the wrist. The most common use of wrist splints in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome is to apply them while the patient is sitting. This reduces pain and enables a quicker rehabilitation process. The reviewers note that many people wear them while sleeping as well. In addition, many people also wear them during workouts to enhance flexibility and mobility.
Different brands of wrist splints come with different strengths and/or limitations. This depends largely on the strength of the brand and the price of the splint. Some brands have been reported to be difficult to put on and adjust, while others are easy to use but can be quite expensive. Some brands provide only a few port lines of adjustments while others offer multiple lines of adjustments.
Many report that while some wrist splints can help relieve pain and discomfort due to carpal tunnel syndrome, others do not seem to work at all. For instance, one review notes that after using a wrist splint for two months nothing had changed and that she still had the pain and stiffness she had prior to starting the splint. Another review reports that the pain relief provided by wrist braces was short-lived and she found that her pain increased after wearing the splint. A third review notes that while her pain decreased somewhat when she started wearing the splint, it soon returned once she stopped wearing the splint.
In addition, it is important to remember that many of the wrist splintsare only recommended for short term use and do not address long term carpal tunnel syndrome or chronic inflammation. It is also important to realize that if you have inflammation or tendonitis, these symptoms may be present even if you are not wearing a wrist splint. If you are experiencing pain or tenderness while using your hands, you should make an appointment with your doctor immediately.