Carpal tunnel syndrome is a syndrome that affects the median nerve in your arm causing it to become inflamed. Typically enhanced through repetitive motions like typing and playing the piano, carpal tunnel syndrome can sometimes result in patients having to undergo surgery in order to find any sort of relief. However, before you jump from A to surgery, try these 5 natural ways to help ease the pain and inflammation.
1. Wear a Wrist Splint
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome but your job involves that you type all day long, there’s really no getting around having to use your wrists. However, you can take some of the pressure off of your wrists by wearing a wrist splint. Found at most drug stores, wrist splints can be worn like a simple bandage in order to give you some relief while you are working.
Once you start to notice the onset of pain and inflammation due to your carpal tunnel syndrome, apply some ice to the affected area a few times a day.
3. Perform Stretches
Stretching the muscles and tendons in your hands and wrist will help to bring you some relief. Try some simple stretches like grabbing your fingers and bending your wrist back. If you notice a lot of pain when performing this stretch, slowly ease into it— the last thing you want to do is further exacerbate the problem. Another simple stretch that you can try is to simply rotate your wrist from side to side or in a full circle— these movements will help to losen up any tension and should provide you with a bit of relief.
4. Get a Cortisone Shot
If the pain and discomfort associated with your carpal tunnel syndrome is really bad, then you might want to speak with your doctor about receiving cortisone shots in your wrist. Although pain will likely come back, cortisone will provide you with some temporary relief.
5. Take Frequent Breaks
Another great habit to get into is to take frequent breaks while at work. By walking around and giving yourself a break from typing, you can help to immediately calm the nerves and provide yourself with some temporary comfort.
To learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome or to learn more about carpal tunnel surgery, contact our office today and speak with one of our medical professionals.