Carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist splinting

Neutral wrist splinting reduces symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Those who wore the splints full time experienced the greatest improvement, but even wearing them only at night produced some improvement. Even those with severe carpal tunnel syndrome benefited from neutral splinting. (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 81:424-429, April 2000)

Carpal tunnel syndrome is produced by compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist. Symptoms include pain, weakness, tingling or numbness of the hand and arm.

Wrist splints with 20 degrees of extension have been used in the past, but the neutral splints have been shown to reduce symptoms more effectively.

Copyright 2000 Phylis A Austin

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