There seems to be a compression garment for just about every joint in the body. Producers of compression clothing claim that these garments can improve blood flow, relieve muscle and joint tension, ease pain and help prevent soreness.
These claims all sound wonderful, but are they true?
Compression sleeves supposedly work by supporting and compressing a certain part of the body. They are essentially very tight but flexible pieces of stretchy fabric, such as neoprene or spandex.
Athletes wear compression sleeves with the goal of improving physical performance and lessening recovery time. However, people suffering from conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome often wear wrist compression sleeves in the hopes of relieving pain in their wrists and easing joint tension. Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by numbness and tingling in the hands and wrists, which often leaves the person in pain and unable to use the limb to full function.
Unfortunately, there is mixed scientific data to support claims about compression clothing. According to Time, compression sleeves worn for medical reasons can improve blood flow while the sleeves are worn, but they’re a temporary solution. To achieve maximum results, the sleeves need to be worn for extended periods of time (24 hours or more).
For those who suffer from conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist compression sleeves can provide temporary relief from symptoms such as tingling and numbness. They also help immobilize the joint, which can reduce pain.
Despite the limited scientific proof that wrist compression sleeves are a substantial medical solution to the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, if you have used wrist compression sleeves in the past and have felt relief, then you should continue to use them.
However, if you suffer from carpal tunnel and are looking for a more permanent solution, contact Dr. Pedro Loredo at the Loredo Hand Care Institute for a consultation (972)939-4974.