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Carpal Tunnel, Wrist Braces & Typing

As a certified hand therapist, I am often asked if a wrist brace should be used when using a keyboard to control or prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.  The simple answer is - a wrist brace should not be used continuously throughout the day and night.  While helpful for controlling pain from carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis, wrist braces worn all the time can cause weakness and will lead to more problems and injury.     Here are some suggestions for the proper fitting and use of a wrist brace.

Purpose of the Brace

Correct Fit of the Brace

Comfort Tips
Marji Hajic is an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist practicing at the Hand Therapy & Occupational Fitness Center in Santa Barbara, California. For more information on hand and upper extremity injuries, prevention and recovery, visit Hand Health Resources.

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