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Quick look at our top 10 braces for carpal tunnel syndrome

A number of factors can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, such as injury or trauma to the wrist, fluid retention during pregnancy, hormone issues, and repetitive stress. If symptoms persist, you will eventually need to seek treatment to address the underlying cause. Treatment will target what’s causing the symptoms, especially for symptoms that last longer than a few days.

But in the meantime, when the pain starts up, you may start looking for relief. For many people, the first step is buying a wrist brace. Wearing a wrist brace or splint on the affected arm for a few weeks can sometimes remove the pressure and relieve symptoms.

We asked two orthopedic specialists what to look for when choosing a brace, and benefits of wearing one. We also got their input for frequently asked questions about braces for carpal tunnel syndrome.

We took all this information into account in choosing our top 10 carpal tunnel braces for 2022. Read on to learn more.

Our criteria

When choosing braces, Healthline used criteria recommended by the orthopedic specialists we interviewed. This includes:

  • comfort
  • adjustability
  • ability to hold a person’s wrist in a stable position
  • price range
  • customer reviews
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Price guide

  • $ = under $10
  • $$ = $10–$20
  • $$$ = over $20

Best one-size-fits-most wrist brace

Armstrong Amerika Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace Night Support

  • Price: $$
  • Material: neoprene blend

The Armstrong Amerika Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace is designed for day and nighttime wear. It’s made of a breathable material and comes in both a right-handed model and a left-handed version for a better fit.

However, the brace only comes in one size. It expands to accommodate a maximum wrist size of 9 inches — but it doesn’t provide as much customization as others on our list, and as with any one-size item, it won’t work for everyone.

Customers gave this brace 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with many reporting that it effectively stabilized their wrists and is a good value for the price.


  • accommodates wrists up to 9 inches in size
  • made of breathable material
  • available in right- and left-handed versions


  • only comes in one size, even though it accommodates a range of wrists
  • you need to hand wash it
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Best for night and day wear

BraceOwl Night Time Wrist Support

  • Price: $$$
  • Material: nylon, neoprene, and cotton fabric

This brace has an ergonomic cushion support for the wrist and can be used for either your left or right hand. It’s made of latex-free, breathable fabric, and only comes in one size.

Though the name may make it sound as though this wrist brace is only designed for nighttime use, the company says it can also provide support during the day. The metal splint can be removed in your waking hours for added flexibility, making this a versatile option.

This brace has fewer reviews than other options on our list, though it still received an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Customers find it’s a comfortable wrist stabilizer.


  • it can be used on either wrist
  • the brace is made for day and night wear
  • the metal is removable, providing flexibility during the day


  • it only comes in one size
  • the company doesn’t say if it’s washable
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Best for interchangeable right and left arm use

ComfyBrace Wrist Brace

  • Price: $$$
  • Material: proprietary breathable fabric

This adjustable brace includes three straps that allow you to tighten or loosen the fit as desired. It’s also cushioned with “therapeutic beads” that conform to the shape of your hand.

According to the company, it works for both wrists. If you need support for your left and right side, at different times, it could provide a lot of bang for your buck.

This brace has receives good ratings on Amazon with 4.6 out of 5 stars. With nearly 50,000 ratings, this is one of the best-reviewed options on our list. Reviewers say that it’s easy to put on and is comfortable and supportive.


  • the brace has three straps you can use to adjust fit
  • it works for both wrists
  • the company offers lifetime replacements
  • reviewers love it


  • it only comes in one size
  • it’s washable, but must be cleaned by hand
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Best wrist brace with a hot and cold pack

Featol Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace

  • Price: $$
  • Material: unspecified

The Featol Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace has a few noteworthy features, but perhaps the best one is its removable hot and cold gel pack. The company says that it will provide a soothing chill after a couple hours in the freezer, and that it molds to your wrist.

The brace is available in multiple sizes and contains a removable metal splint, which you can leave in or take out to change how much stabilization you need. If you’re looking for something that’s not all black, this brace could be appealing.

Reviewers comment on its comfort and durability, as well as the included ice pack, and give it high marks — the brace has 4.6 stars, and thousands of reviews to date.


  • the brace has three straps you can use to adjust fit
  • it comes with a hot and cold pack you can use in the brace
  • it’s one of the only braces on our list that comes in a color other than black


  • the company doesn’t say what fabric it uses
  • it’s washable, but must be cleaned by hand
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Best wrist brace with recycled materials

Mueller Green Fitted Wrist Brace

  • Price: $$
  • Material: recycled PET bottle lining

The Mueller Green Fitted Wrist Brace is adjustable, with two straps you can use to customize its fit. It’s available for both the left and right wrist, and comes in two sizes: small/medium and large/extra large.

The inner lining is made from ecologically minded recycled PET bottles, making this one of the more eco-friendly options on our list.

This brace has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon based on thousands of reviews. Customers said they liked the support, fit, and breathability of the brace.


  • it uses recycled materials
  • available in two sizes for each wrist
  • customers like the fit and breathability


  • the size range isn’t the broadest of the items on our list
  • it’s washable, but must be cleaned by hand
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Best selection of sizes

OTC 8″ Wrist-Thumb Splint

  • Price: $$$
  • Material: Lycra fabric

This brace is available in a variety of sizes from S to XL, with separate models for the left and right hand. If you’re concerned about finding a brace that fits your wrist — regardless of whether your wrist is large or small — this option might be worth trying. Aside from being able to select from a wide array of sizes, you’ll also be able to tinker with the brace’s adjustable straps to customize its fit.

Amazon customers gave this a 4.4 out of 5 stars. One customer who found it challenging to find a brace small enough for her wrist reported that it was “very comfy and not too bulky.”


  • the brace stabilizes your thumb, too
  • it has the greatest size selection of the wrist braces we selected
  • it has foam to provide comfort for long-term wear


  • it’s one of the more expensive options
  • some may not want thumb stabilization
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Best wrist brace you can get in-store

Walgreens Deluxe Wrist Stabilizer

  • Price: $$$
  • Material: unspecified

This brace holds the wrist immobile and stabilizes it to relieve pressure on the median nerve. It includes three adjustable straps and is available in S/M and L/XL.

Although it’s more expensive than other brands on our list, the convenience factor is worth accounting for. There aren’t many other braces you can find at a local, brick-and-mortar store on this list.

Folks with wrist circumferences smaller than 5.5 inches — or larger than 9 inches — will want to look for another option, as those are the low and high end this brace can accommodate.

Customers at Amazon liked how the straps can be adjusted to fit the wrist. This product retains high marks, with an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.


  • you may be able to get it quickly from a local Walgreens
  • it has foam to provide comfort for long-term wear
  • it has three straps you can use to adjust the fit


  • it’s one of the more expensive options on our list
  • it only comes in two sizes, and won’t work for folks with wrists larger than 9 inches, or smaller than 5.5
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Best budget wrist brace

Yosoo Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace

  • Price: $
  • Material:unspecified

This brace includes a metal splint that can be removed for washing. At less than $10, it’s one of the lower-cost options on our list that still provides stability and support for your wrist.

If you have extra-large wrists, it might not fit. It’s a one-size model that fits wrists up to 9 inches in circumference. In addition, if you’re looking for a brace for your right hand, steer clear of this one, as it’s not interchangeable and is only designed for the left wrist.

Generally customers like this product. On Amazon, it has 3.9 out of 5 stars. One customer felt that the opening for the thumb was not large enough,


  • you may be able to get it quickly from a local Walgreens
  • it has foam to provide comfort for long-term wear
  • it has three straps you can use to adjust the fit


  • it’s one of the more expensive options on our list
  • it only comes in two sizes, and won’t work for folks with wrists larger than 9 inches, or smaller than 5.5
  • it’s only designed to fit the left wrist
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Best breathable wrist brace

Zofore Sport Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace Support and Metal Splint Stabilizer

  • Price: $$
  • Material: neoprene

This wrist brace is available for the left or right hand. It contains a removable metal bar for immobilizing the wrist, along with two wide adjustable straps. You can buy a smaller or larger version of this brace, depending on what you need.

The brace has an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon for its firm and comfortable support. There isn’t a single reviewer who complains about the brace getting too hot, or lacking breathability, making it a great option if that’s something you’re concerned about. In fact, one reviewer from Florida says it feels comfortable regardless of how hot it gets.


  • reviewers love how breathable it is
  • the adjustable straps are wide, which may make it better at providing compression
  • it comes in two sizes and is available for the right and left wrist


  • some reviewers say the sizing isn’t accurate, and it runs small
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Best lightweight wrist brace

Zouyue Adjustable Splint Wrist Brace

  • Price: $$
  • Material: nylon, polyester, and Spandex

This brace has a removable metal bar for stabilization and is available in both a right-hand and left-hand version. It comes in medium and large sizes and has two adjustable straps for customization, so you can find a fit that’s great on your wrist.

At just 1.76 ounces, it’s one of the lightest braces on our list (most of which weigh around 3 or 4 ounces).

Amazon customers gave this brace 4.5 out of 5 stars noting it fits comfortably and is made of good material.


  • it’s very lightweight
  • it comes in two sizes so you can find something that fits you well
  • the company claims the fabric is breathable


  • a handful of reviewers say it isn’t comfortable for long-term wear
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Armstrong Amerika Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace Night Support$$one sizeneoprene blend
BraceOwl Night Time Wrist Support$$$one sizenylon, neoprene, and cotton fabric
ComfyBrace Wrist Brace$$$one sizeproprietary breathable fabric
Featol Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace$$– small/medium
– medium/large
– large/extra large
Mueller Green Fitted Wrist Brace$$– small/medium
– large/extra large
recycled PET bottle lining
OTC 8″ Wrist-Thumb Splint$$$– extra small
– small
– medium
– large
– extra-large
lycra fabric
Walgreens Deluxe Wrist Stabilizer$$$-small/medium
– large/extra-largre
Yosoo Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace$one sizeunspecified
Zofore Sport Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace Support and Metal Splint Stabilizer$$– small/medium
– large/extra large
Zouyue Adjustable Splint Wrist Brace$$– small
– medium/large
nylon, polyester, and spandex

There are a few key things that you should look for in a brace, experts say.

Immobilization of the wrist

Since the whole point of a brace is to keep your wrist from bending, you want to choose a brace that accomplishes that. You may want to look for braces that contain a metal bar or insert, which is a good way to ensure wrist immobility, according to Debdut Biswas, MD, who specializes in orthopedic surgery of the hand, wrist, and elbow at Northwestern Medicine in Warrenville, Illinois.

The correct size

Carpal tunnel braces tend to be unisex. What’s most important, experts point out, is to size the brace correctly for your wrist and needs. You might need to measure your wrist before buying a brace. Check the packaging to see what’s recommended.

Comfort and fit

“You have to make sure you don’t get a brace that’s too tight,” says Theresa Marko, DPT, OCS, a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy and owner of Marko Physical Therapy in New York City. The brace should be snug, but it shouldn’t dig into your skin or cause new pain.


Price is also a factor you might want to consider. There are models out there with a price tag in the triple digits, but Biswas and Marko don’t believe you need to spend that much to get an effective brace.

What to avoid

Avoid braces that are too soft and allow your wrist to move or bend. According to Biswas, some people will choose a soft wrap, thinking it will be adequate and comfortable. “And that’s typically not effective,” he says, explaining that a soft wrap won’t be able to prevent the wrist from bending or curving.

The whole point of wearing a brace for carpal tunnel is to immobilize your wrist and remove the pressure on your nerve that’s causing the pain.

“Anything that will increase the pressure on the nerve will make the symptoms worse,” explains Biswas. “A well-fitting brace will hold your wrist in place so it can’t bend. When your wrist is in a bent position, that places more pressure on the nerve, and that’s when symptoms begin worsening.”

You might have some questions about how to appropriately wear a brace once you choose one. Here are some questions that people often ask their doctors and physical therapists about choosing and wearing a wrist brace for their carpal tunnel syndrome.

How long do I need to wear a brace if I develop carpal tunnel syndrome?

The length of time you’ll need to wear a brace can vary, based on the severity of your symptoms. “I would at least try it for a couple of weeks and see how you feel,” says Marko.

Will I need to wear a brace permanently?

A brace can help, but it should not be considered a permanent solution. “If symptoms aren’t really improving, and the brace is becoming a necessity, I would probably encourage someone to consider other treatment options, which may or may not include surgery,” says Biswas.

Should I wear my brace at night?

Yes, according to Biswas. “Nighttime is really the most effective time to wear it,” he says, noting that many people unknowingly bend or flex their wrists while they’re asleep.

Can I continue to type or do repetitive actions while wearing a brace?

You can, if you need to, says Marko. But she suggests wearing your brace while you’re typing or doing work-related activities, and then giving your hands and wrists a break while you’re doing other activities.

Can I swim with my brace — that is, get it wet?

You can get your brace wet if you feel you need to keep it on while swimming or showering. “It’s absolutely OK to get it wet,” says Marko. “However, you want to dry it out. If you’re going to do wet things (while wearing a brace), I would suggest having two braces.” Keep one for dry activities and one that you use only for swimming or water sports — and hang it up to dry after using it.

Is an over-the-counter brace as effective as a custom brace?

Yes, says Biswas. You really don’t need to spend the time and money to get a custom-fitted brace for carpal tunnel symptoms. There are plenty of affordable, effective braces available for sale online and in your local drug and grocery stores.

Should I wear braces on both wrists or only on the wrist that is hurting?

It’s not necessary to wear a brace on your wrist if you’re not experiencing any carpal tunnel pain there. However, if you have pain in both wrists, it’s fine to wear braces on both wrists, says Biswas.

Talk with a doctor if pain persists

A well-fitting brace can be useful in helping you manage the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. But a brace is really not a long-term solution.

If your carpal tunnel pain persists for more than a few months, talk with a doctor. You might have a condition that requires treatment or surgery to address the underlying cause.

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