Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful to extremely debilitating disease that affects millions of people regardless of their location. Originally a disease that plagued the average working person who plied their trade through strenuous and repetitive manual labour – a desk job.
Nowadays, carpal tunnel syndrome has become quite commonplace, unfortunately, thanks to the introduction of computers and keyboards. Back in the day, carpal tunnel syndrome was often diagnosed as ‘secretary’s disease’ and was associated with high-volume typing, which was typical of the typist ladies’ agencies common during the post-World War eras.
With the introduction of computers, and the ever-growing dependence on typewriting and typescript, as the major means of communication and information development, more and more people are confined to nine-to-five desk type jobs, often necessitating high volumes of repetitive and fast-paced work. Because of this, the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome is on the rise, and this can even be experienced in people as young as ten to eleven years of age. It is concerning.
Originally, carpal tunnel syndrome was managed by employing hot compresses and allowing the inflamed and painful area to rest and recover. But, with the ongoing and unforgiving demand that is so common in office and home-based jobs, as well as the relentless barrage of the lures of online gaming and social media interaction, people are forced to repeatedly type, sometimes even in uncomfortable situations. Old-fashioned treatments that used to work are just not enough and are now rendered useless, and even inconvenient.
Professional treatment of moderate-to-severe pain often involved the use of specialised wrist braces for carpal tunnel syndrome, which helped to achieve a few simple, yet integral things:
- It helped to significantly restrict the movement of the wrist to avoid further strain to the affected area, while allowing a modicum of mobility, which permitted individuals to continue on with daily routine with as little impediment as possible
- It provided ample cushioning to the underside of the wrist and palm area, which significantly reduced the pressure and ‘flicking’ action that exacerbates carpal tunnel syndrome.
- It helps to prevent further injury by creating a stable, firm hold on the wrist, which helps it to remain in place, firstly to avoid further injury, and secondly to allow it enough time to heal.
There are different types of wrist braces for carpal tunnel syndrome, and most are often custom-fitted to a specific patient’s needs. There are special wrist braces designed for kids, and others that cover the needs of the elderly, which tend to vary greatly. For more information on where to find affordable and high-quality wrist braces, please browse our selection.