Wrist splints are available at most pharmacies.
Rest the affected wrist and hand for an extended period of time. Try to use the wrist and hand as little as possible for a couple weeks to give the inflamed tissue a chance to heal.
Take regular breaks and changing position when using a computer keyboard or anything else that might aggravate the condition.
Pain. Tingling. Burning. Numbness. Weakness. If you experience any of these symptoms in your hands and wrists, you may be dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Millions of Americans have CTS, and aging happens to be a top risk factor for the ailment. You also may be more likely to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome if you injured your wrist in the past, repeatedly use your fingers for things like typing or playing a musical instrument, are overweight, have arthritis or diabetes, experience hormonal changes, or happen to be a woman. Yes, women are more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome than men.
Finding relief from the discomfort of carpal tunnel syndrome is possible. Identifying the best treatment methods will depend upon the severity of your condition and symptoms. If you have hand or wrist pain and numbness, see your doctor to diagnose the cause and evaluate treatment options.
There are several tests your doctor will perform to see if you have carpal tunnel syndrome. He or she may suggest self-care techniques for milder carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. If your symptoms are more severe or have become debilitating, your doctor may recommend medical treatments such as prescription medication, injections, surgery, and/or physical therapy.
You don’t have to live with the effects of carpal tunnel pain or let them interrupt your life. Here are a few things you can do to help relieve the wrist pain and other discomfort caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Make sure to discuss each with your doctor.
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Practice yoga poses designed to stretch, strengthen and balance joints. Research has shown that yoga can help improve joint stiffness and pain.
Perform specific exercises to stretch the wrist and keep it limber. Your doctor or physical therapist will have recommendations.
Wear a wrist splint. Your doctor may suggest wearing a splint to keep your wrist in a neutral position. Using a splint at night can help prevent your wrist from curling during sleep.
Trying alternative treatments, like acupuncture or chiropractic care. Many people find relief from these methods. Some studies suggest that chiropractic manipulation and acupuncture treatments may improve carpal tunnel syndrome.