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Hand Pain and Wrist Splints. Are They a Crutch ? Do They Do More Harm Than Good ?

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm

San Francisco Chiropractor and Carpal Tunnel Expert comments on the short and long term benefits of wearing wrist splints:

Wow_126c1 So, you leave your doctors office with some wrist splints and a prescription for Motrin. That was easy. But you notice when the Motrin wears off your hands still hurt, and if you don't wear your wrist splints when you work you can hardly do it. Now what ?  More Motrin and keep wearing the splints ? The problem here is that any kind of prescription pain medication taken day in and day out over an extended period of time can put you at risk for serious adverse reactions ( see side effects of motrin ). And, using wrist splints day in and day out can lead to muscle atrophy, scar tissue formation, and dependency.

LIFE IS MOTION. Anything that we do to restrict normal motion and biomechanics has the potential to be detrimental. Heck, look what happens to someone's arm when a cast is on there for six weeks. I have met with many Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or other Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) patients that have been wearing wrist splints for years. Hey, it's OK for a week or two. Or if you need to lift something or protect your wrist while exercising. But, to wear them every day, all day at work is bad news. This tells me that you never had the right kind of treatment. Most doctors and therapist that are experts with work and sports injuries of the upper extremities agree on this.

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