8 Simple Home Remedies To Ease Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: From Wrist Splints To Ice Packs
March 16, 2018 14:21 By Fabiosa
Are your wrists and hands weak, tingling or in pain? Such symptoms may be a sign that you have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect anyone, especially those who use their hands and wrists a lot and people with inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. If CTS is severe, the only option to relieve symptoms and restore hand and wrist function is surgery. But if the symptoms have only started to show and don't cause serious discomfort, you can try to ease CTS at home.
Here's what you can do to improve carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms:
1. Apply a cold compress.
To relieve pain and inflammation, you can put an ice pack on the affected wrist and hold it for about 15 minutes. Wrap the ice pack in a towel to make sure it doesn't make direct contact with your skin to prevent discomfort.
2. Apply heat.
A heating pad can also help relieve pain and inflammation associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. You can also put your hands and wrists in warm water (as warm as it's comfortable) to ease your symptoms.
3. Give your hands and wrists some rest.
If your job involves a lot of repetitive hand and wrist movements (e.g. playing musical instruments, typing, or using vibrating power tools), take frequent breaks - every 15 minutes, if possible - to let your hands and wrists relax.
4. Massage your hands.
Give your hands and wrists a gentle massage to relieve your symptoms and make them less frequent.
5. Wear a wrist splint.
A wrist splint keeps your hand and wrist in a position that minimizes pressure on the median nerve. Put on a wrist splint before going to sleep to prevent awkward hand positions at night, and wear the splint whenever possible during the day.
6. Take a pain reliever.
If your carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain, you can take an NSAID, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Read the instructions that come with the medicine carefully, as it may interact with other medicines you're taking. Better still, consult your doctor before using the medicine, especially if you have never taken it before.
7. Apply an anti-inflammatory ointment.
To ease your pain, you can apply a non-prescription anti-inflammatory ointment on the affected area. There's some evidence that products containing menthol may help.
8. Protect your hands from cold.
If you work in a cold environment, put on fingerless gloves to protect your wrists and hands from cold.
Untreated carpal tunnel syndrome can eventually lead to a serious decrease in hand and wrist function. If home remedies don't help, and your symptoms persist or get worse, consult your doctor about more effective treatment options, such as steroid injections and surgery.
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