7 Tips for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief

Although no one wants to experience the chronic pain of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and its impact on quality-of-life, understanding more about it can give us a broader perspective toward the condition. Let's first look at a few highlights and statistics on carpal tunnel syndrome, then explore steps you can take to help treat it.


Highlights and statistics on CTS

Here are some interesting highlights and statistics on carpal tunnel syndrome (as provided by the University of Maryland Medical Center).

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7 tips for carpal tunnel syndrome relief

All this talk of people experiencing CTS can be demoralizing. Let’s talk about what you can do to feel better. Here are seven quick and simple steps you can take:

Rest and evaluate. Rest is powerful – and that is true with any injury. Just look at the first letter of the standard treatment for injury, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) to know how key this step is. Stop anything you are doing that could be contributing to pain and numbness. Slowly reintroduce the tasks once your feeling is completely restored. Shari Liberman, MD, who is an orthopedic surgeon at Houston Methodist, said that evaluating to make possible ergonomic adjustments can be huge. She pointed out that you could use a few trusted office strategies such as "switching to an ergonomic keyboard or mouse, changing the position of keyboard and mouse to allow the wrists to be in a neutral position, or using a padded rest for the wrist."

Take breaks. Assuming you are able to rest, you will still need to avoid exacerbation of the condition when you return to your typical daily tasks. Whenever you are doing anything that involves a repetitive motion (such as using a drill, playing a guitar, or typing), use alarms to indicate when you have been doing it for 15 minutes. At the sound of the timer, pause, move your fingers around, and stretch (see next tip).

Stretch thoroughly. Two of the most important stretches are the wrist flexor and wrist extensor stretches. First, though, prepare by moving your wrist in all directions and conscientiously stretching your fingers. Now, the stretches:

Try splints. Use splints to provide consistent support. You can help reduce nerve impingement by using a splint. Splints are particularly helpful at night; however, they can sometimes be helpful during daily activities as well.

Introduce anti-inflammatory compounds to your diet. Two of the most trusted ways to treat inflammation from a supplemental perspective are omega-3 fatty acids and turmeric.

Watch yourself. Change the way that you use objects or perform activities. Try loosening your grip a bit or typing more calmly and lightly. Try not to perform tasks that require you to flex your wrist intensely.

Keep your hands warm. Simply making sure that your hands remain warm will help prevent them from becoming stiff and achy.

Bonus tip: Get professional help. If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, the at-home treatments we have discussed so far many not be enough. If that is the case, you can find relief with innovative laser treatments at Avalon Laser Therapy. Learn more.

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