Wrist Braces Are An Advisable Method of Dealing With Carpal Tunnel
Today there are more reported cases of carpal tunnel syndrome than at any point in history. Part of the reason for the increase is because of a shift in employment from physically demanding jobs of yesteryear to the technology infused settings we have today. Many people are taking work from the downtown office to the home office which if further exacerbating the issue. When you work at home most of the time, you will set for long hours banging on the keyboard, never taking scheduled breaks as you would in a structured environment.
Do you think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome? The single best way to know for sure is by visiting a physician. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include but are not limited to swelling of the hands and fingers, tingling, needling sensation in fingers or hands and numbness in part or all of your hand. Depending on the placement of your wrist, the pain can range from mild to intense and you could even lose some gripping strength.
When you suspect that you have carpal tunnel syndrome there is really only one option, make an appointment with your doctor immediately. If you find your hands are slightly swollen, tender to the touch, tingling, or even numb there is a good chance you have carpal tunnel syndrome. As far as the pain level goes it can be mild to severe depending on how you use your hands or wrist, it is even possible to lose strength or gripping ability in your hands.
Carpal tunnel can occur in one or both hands and the extent of the disorder can vary as well. You may have one hand that is effected severely while the other is mild or not at all. If you suspect that, you may have carpal tunnel you will want to see your doctor and begin treatment at the first sign of symptoms. Like any other disorder the sooner, you seek treatment the sooner you can be hale and healthy again.
Wrist exercises and stretches have been used in combination with wrist braces in order to help those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome in order to heal and make the hands and wrists stronger than before. If you have been put on a treatment plan that includes exercises or stretches be sure to diligently perform these regularly as your doctor has prescribed. Without these stretches or exercises the wrist brace cannot help you heal as quickly or effectively as it would without them.
Doctors will often times suggest that you perform exercises and stretches in combination with your wrist brace in order to move the healing process along quickly and leave your hands and wrist as strong if not stronger than before. If this is the advice of your doctor, you need to be diligent about performing the exercises and stretches just as the doctor ordered. You should not think that a wrist brace will be able to do all the work the exercises and such are vitally important. At this point your road to recovery is totally in your hands, the more proactive you are at seeking treatment and following the doctor’s orders the more quickly you will be well.