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Hand Injuries—Splints as a treatment Option

Posted at 10:30 AM, Apr 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-27 12:30:52-04

Pain, stiffness, and discomfort in the wrists can be debilitating and a cause for concern. Many times, serious wrist conditions are the result of underlying health conditions combined with repetitive hand and wrist movement. However, with appropriate treatment, these wrist conditions can be manageable.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition caused by the compression of the median nerve in your wrist. This nerve and several tendons run through a small space in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. When the median nerve becomes compressed, you can experience a variety of symptoms that can become quite bothersome.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Pain
  • Hand weakness

Tendonitis in the wrist may present similar symptoms as carpal tunnel syndrome. Tendonitis involves the inflammation of a tendon from repetitive movements.

Treatment Options

In mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis in the wrist, at-home care can usually treat your symptoms. Surgery is a treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome, but is only used when symptoms are severe and prohibit you from performing everyday tasks.

  • Wearing a splint
  • Rest wrist between activity
  • Avoid activities that cause symptoms
  • Ice the area
  • NSAID medication

Special Offer: To have Brittney Burt create a splint for you, please call 801-350-4593.