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Old 08-21-12, 05:10 PM   #1
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wrist braces for carpal tunnel while riding- any preferences?

Hi all, electronic tests show that I have a touch of carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands, so in addition to stretches, exercises, proper ergonomics, all that, my doc wants me to wear wrist stabilizers for a while while riding.

This strikes me as a pretty reasonable suggestion, so I'm wondering if any of you have had good experiences with short, metal-braced wrist stabilizers for this purpose. Doc recommended the Futuro brand and another poster on BF liked Hely & Weber Modabber Wrist Orthosis.

Any other ideas or recommendations? Not about carpal tunnel syndrome generally but riding with wrist braces specifically.

thanks so much,

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Hi all, electronic tests show that I have a touch of carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands, so in addition to stretches, exercises, proper ergonomics, all that, my doc wants me to wear wrist stabilizers for a while while riding.

This strikes me as a pretty reasonable suggestion, so I'm wondering if any of you have had good experiences with short, metal-braced wrist stabilizers for this purpose. Doc recommended the Futuro brand and another poster on BF liked Hely & Weber Modabber Wrist Orthosis.

Any other ideas or recommendations? Not about carpal tunnel syndrome generally but riding with wrist braces specifically.

thanks so much,

Neal
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Old 08-22-12, 06:38 PM   #3
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Nightshade, good point, I wasn't clear, thanks for your reply. The doc mentioned the Futuro brand but not in the sense of "this is exactly what I want you to get for X and Y reasons," but more like "I think Futuro has something like that that might work for you." Hence, I was wondering what other folks use- the Futuros look like they are pure neoprene which I imagine is gonna get pretty hot on a bike in the summer and fall.

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Old 08-22-12, 08:31 PM   #4
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Funny you should ask. I just developed some tendonitis in my wrist and I'm going through a similar situation. I just picked up a wrist splint/brace and after having worn it for a full day now, I can't really foresee being able to wear it while riding. I don't think mine will allow me to ensure a proper grip on the handlebars. I'm afraid that my grip might slip and encourage me to lose control in fast traffic or bad roads. Also, I'm finding that if I inadvertently fight the brace and try to bend my wrist farther then the brace allows, it causes some pain. I can see this situation being exacerbated while biking. For now, I will ride without the brace until I get used to wearing it while performing simple tasks. My doctor didn't specify whether I should wear the brace while cycling so I will wait to see what the physiotherapist says next week. All that to say is I'll ask my physiotherapist if he knows of any braces which may be suitable for sports/cycling. If he has an ideas, I'll let you know.

The splint I'm using now is the MedSpec Wrist Laser Wrist Support.
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As a mechanical trade person who turns screws all the time, carpal tunnel has been a fact of life for years(since I was 17 and landscaper mechanic even). The cheapest and easiest solution I stumbled on a while ago is to take tape and wrap a band around the offending wrist about 1/2 inch below the wrist(where a watch band would go). Not too tight but some pressure. Due to availability and cost I tend to use masking tape wound twice, but there are athletic purpose tapes or transparent products. Even office scotch tape will work with 3-4 wraps if appearance is a concern. 1-3 days in a row of that treatment usually yeilds about 4-10 days of clear pain free. No pain meds or surgery.
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I had worse CT when I used a regular mouse, so I switched to an angled mouse. When your hand is palm down for a long time, the ligaments start to squish the nerve tunnels. Keeping your palms sideways avoids that.

I don't know how you ride your handebars, but it's something to think about.
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