Carpal tunnel syndrome, if left untreated, can result in debilitating pain that can make it nearly impossible to carry out even the most basic tasks. Fortunately, there are some things that people can do to remedy the pain. Often, these techniques not only bring immediate relief, but they can also delay the need for surgery.
- Do regular carpal tunnel exercises. Doctors have created a series of exercises designed for those experiencing carpal tunnel pain. Doing these regularly have proven to be very beneficial for some.
- Yoga. Some studies have shown that those who practice yoga have seen a reduction in the pain felt in their wrists. Stretching the muscles in the hands and wrists has been shown to provide relief for many.
- Wear a wrist splint. By using a wrist splint, the wrist sits in a neutral position that allows for the wrist to rest. For some, wearing a wrist splint has provided tremendous relief.
- Take medication that targets inflammation. Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are designed to reduce inflammation. A reduction of inflammation can greatly relieve pain felt by those with carpal tunnel.
- Take breaks at work. If you use your hands a great deal at work, it is important to take frequent breaks. While breaks are beneficial for carpal tunnel, they can result in a decreased production, which can anger employers. We suggest talking with your boss to see if there is another task that you could do while taking a break from using your hands. Perhaps you’ll reach a creative decision that results in a win-win.
We suggest using a combination of the above techniques in order to maximize the possibility of decreasing the pain experienced by carpal tunnel syndrome. Remember, however, that while these techniques will help you manage pain, they won’t get rid of the problem entirely. If you’re ready to tackle your carpal tunnel syndrome with surgery, contact the expert team at Michigan Hand and Wrist. With state-of-the-art equipment and advanced physical therapy programs, your hands are in good hands at Michigan Hand and Wrist. Schedule your consultation today!