Nocturnal Splints Can Provide RSI Relief

An article in The Medical Post reports that “In a recent randomized trial involving automotive assembly plant workers, those given a splint to wear at night for six weeks reported much less pain than controls, even months later” and that “pain was cut in half by six weeks among splinted subjects”. The study reports that “Early intervention with splinting is key to effective management of carpal tunnel syndrome,” but splinting “has minimal effect on those with advanced carpal tunnel.”

The idea is that wearing a split at night while you sleep will prevent you from bending your wrists, keeping your arm, wrist, and hand in a natural neutral position that will promote healing and recovery for those suffering RSI or carpal tunnel syndrome. Splinting is not recommended for active day-time use because it may cause additional strain on the wrist.

There are similar articles citing the study at The University of Michigan, Occupational Hazards, and Medical News Today.

Randy Rasa

Randy is an engineer/programmer/web designer who has suffered from repetitive strain injury off and on for over a decade.

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