Carpal Tunnel Braces
Be wary of some carpal tunnel braces
What are the best carpal tunnel braces you can get? One carpal tunnel doctor may have a different opinion than another. A survey of the internet shows that there at least 200 brace companies. Each one manufactures up to a dozen models of hand braces. A good proportion of those braces are labeled “for carpal tunnel syndrome”. And the price range is from $7 to $700. So how do you determine which are the best carpal tunnel braces, without going broke?
It’s important to realize that there are no FDA standards that regulate the design of hand braces. In other words, any manufacturer can create a hand brace and say it’s “for” carpal tunnel syndrome. Some even go so far as to claim it’s the best carpal tunnel brace you can buy, and without so much as a second thought about the disease called carpal tunnel syndrome and how to treat it.
Features of the best carpal tunnel braces
All carpal tunnel braces simply help manage pain. However, they will not cure the problem you’re actually wearing the brace for. That problem is carpal tunnel syndrome. Thus, the best carpal tunnel brace manufacturers understand this condition well. Therefore, they build into their braces some key features needed to help heal this terrible hand problem.
Avoid carpal tunnel braces with a palmar spine
Above all, the best carpal tunnel brace will NOT have a permanent spine or “stay” on the palm side of the hand. This is crucial to keep the palm side as pressure-free as possible. That’s because carpal tunnel syndrome is a disease caused by pressure inside the wrist joint. Thus, if you’re wearing a brace that contains a metal stay over the palm area, then every time you bend your wrist the spine will push into the wrist joint. Hence, pushing increases the pressure underneath, deep inside the wrist joint. And that’s very bad if you have carpal tunnel syndrome.
Therefore, as noted Biomedical Engineer, medical device inventor and brace expert Dr. M. Zannakis says, “If a brace has a permanent spine on the palm side, then it’s NOT a carpal tunnel brace.”
Instead, the best carpal tunnel braces will have a “stay” or “spine” located on the top or on the side of the hand. A hand brace with this design prevents a palm-side spine from pushing on top of your carpal tunnel. That would be bad for your wrist joint that’s in trouble already. The absolute best carpal tunnel brace available today has 2 moveable spines that use Velcro to attach firmly to the hand (this is the Carpal Rx Night Brace).
What to look for in carpal tunnel braces
Above all, and as stated earlier, the best carpal tunnel braces will not have a permanent stay (spine) on the palm. Also, the other major thing to look for are braces that fully enclose the hand, wrist and forearm. This reduces excess bending pressures on the wrist joint.
Next, the best carpal tunnel brace will be breathable and washable. Only a select few fabrics have these two crucial features. Furthermore, make sure the brace tightens with straps because the more straps the better. Moreover, it’s best if the straps are also moveable so you can adjust them for comfort.
Consequently, be wary of braces. Braces are one product field where “expensive” does not mean “good”. Therefore, you shouldn’t go broke buying the best carpal tunnel braces. For example, the best braces available cost less than $70. In contrast, some braces that are mere fabric “tubes” (and next to useless) can cost over $200.
Carpal tunnel braces to avoid
You should take care if you’re considering buying a carpal tunnel brace. Certainly, be careful buying online or in one of the many retail outlets like CVS, Walgreens or WalMart. In fact, stay clear of braces sold on “brace sites” and medical product sites. They are expensive and you get nothing in return. Actually, you’ll notice how similar they all are. Moreover, all of them have a palmar spine!
Furthermore, look out for the relatively expensive braces below. They claim to be the “best” carpal tunnel braces. However, due to the reasons above, they fall far short of having all of the features you require. Thus, if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, stay away from:
- DonJoy CXT & SXT Functional Wrist Braces
- Bauerfeind ManuTrain Wrist Brace
- Bauerfeind ManuLoc Wrist Brace
- M-Brace #136 Air Wrist Splint Brace
- FLA ProLite Wrist Splint with Abducted Thumb
- ProCare IMAK Pil-O-Wrist Splint
- Bio Skin DP3 Cock-Up Wrist Brace
- DonJoy Neoprene Wrist Wrap
- Bio Skin DP2 Cock-Up Wrist Brace
- DonJoy Contoured Wrist/Forearm Splint
- Hely and Weber Tiny Titan Thumb Wrist Brace
- ProCare Loop-Lock Cock-Up Splint
- Hely and Weber Titan Thumb Wrist Brace
- Medtherapies Lace-Up Wrist Brace
- FLA Uni-Fit Wrist Splint
- ProCare Foam Wrist Splint
- DonJoy Universal Wrist/Forearm Splint
- ProCare Quick-Fit W.T.O. Wrist/Thumb
- ProCare Cock-Up Wrist Splint
- AirCast A2 Wrist Stabilizing Brace
- Ossur Exoform Wrist Brace
- Bledsoe Wrist Lacer Wrist Brace
- Bledsoe Universal Wrist Lacer
Of the hundreds of braces you can buy, only very few are true carpal tunnel braces. Unlike generic braces with metal spines over your palm, true carpal tunnel braces will avoid putting added pressure on your wrist joint. Remember, just because the package says “carpal tunnel brace” doesn’t mean it’s made specifically for carpal tunnel syndrome!
Two 15 minute Carpal Rx treatments
for 30 days cures symptoms in
97% of carpal tunnel patients.
About 15 years ago my wife was waking up during the wee hours screaming from carpal tunnel pain.
This isn’t an exaggerating. She’d literally scream from the pain shooting up through her wrist and into her shoulder. The poor thing still shudders when she thinks about it.
I knew she had carpal tunnel syndrome. And being a physiologist, I knew how to treat her. I’m skilled in a physical therapy technique called myofascial release. It’s a type of massage with an excellent track record for completely curing carpal tunnel symptoms.
So I’d massage her arm until the pain subsided and we could both go back to sleep. But her pain was so severe that she insisted on wanting surgery. It was so bad that she was afraid to go sleep at night.
I was dead-set against surgery because I knew myofascial release was a much better option. I made a bargain with her. Give me 30 days to cure her symptoms using massage and if it didn’t work – I’d go along with the surgery.
She agreed and I got busy in the lab. I hodgepodged together the first Carpal Rx prototype. Using it before bed for 15 minutes, she was able to sleep through the night by the 2nd day.
Carpal Rx, born out of love & compassion.
Dr. Z invented Carpal Rx to cure his wife’s symptoms so she didn’t have to undergo surgery.