In general, neutral postures of the wrist minimize the risk for repetitive strain injuries or overuse injuries (such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome). The key point is to avoid awkward wrist postures (too much bending forward or backward).
Also, wearing a brace may increase symptoms or result in new symptoms because your biomechanics (the way you use your hands, fingers and wrists) may change.
Do you stand or sit when you are working/typing?
This highlights the potential risks of using wrist "supports." The hand and wrist may still be in undesirable postures when supports are utilized.
~•~ Dr. Parks
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical or legal advice. The information presented in this posting is for patients’ education only. As always, I encourage you to see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
Id like to add that i saw the occupational health nurse at work last week who told me to lean on my wrist rest whilst typing, which i did!!! I have since read you shouldnt do this. Also my new keyboard is tilted, also wrong according to what i have read. I will change back to my old keyboard next week. I feel frustrated that the advice i get is wrong which is making it worse.
Thank You for the links they were really helpful. I sit whilst typing, most of my typing is on the number lock so its difficult to make many changes. I wear a brace whilst typing but i do find i can make things worse so have now stopped wearing it.
I have finished my anti inflammatories now and it is painful again. I will definitely look at my work station and posture after reading those links. Thank You