Millions of Americans have chronic wrist pain. One study found that as many as five percent of the population may suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.
The wrist is the most used (and most vulnerable) joint in the body. During sports such as tennis, golf, baseball, softball, or lacrosse, wrist joints are constantly bent, stretched, and beaten. In video games or jobs that involve of a lot computer typing, your wrist is under extremely high pressure and stress. Wearing a wrist support sleeve will help reduce that stress.
Wear at Night, During the Day, or at Work
A 2012 study found that using a wrist sleeve at night did more to relieve carpal tunnel symptoms than using no treatment at all. A compression sleeve can help because it keeps your wrist in a straight, neutral position. You may also find it helpful to wear a sleeve during the day, especially during activities that trigger flare-ups. You may experience pain at work due to repeated motions or extra strain on your wrist that can make your symptoms worse. If your job allows it, try wearing a sleeve at work.
Hand and Wrist Compression Sleeves Help Maintain Proper Positioning to Relieve Stress
Compression sleeves will help reduce swelling, promote better blood flow, and allow needed oxygen to reach your wrist so it can heal. They can also keep your hand in the proper position, preventing extra stress from impacting the median nerve. A carpal tunnel wrist sleeve or brace may help hold your wrist in a straight or neutral position to keep you from bending it and putting more pressure on the nerve. A wrist sleeve can also be worn during the night to keep you from unknowingly bending your wrist as you sleep.