Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Home Treatment
Home treatment for
carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Can ease pain and prevent further or permanent
damage to your median nerve.
- May completely relieve your symptoms
if you start treatment when symptoms first occur.
If you have mild symptoms, such as occasional tingling,
numbness, weakness, or pain in your fingers or hand, follow these steps to
- Rest your fingers, hand, and wrist.
Stop activities that you suspect are causing numbness
- Ice your wrist for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, as often
as once or twice an hour, and take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
relieve pain and reduce swelling. Studies
have not shown NSAIDs to be effective for carpal tunnel syndrome, but they may help
relieve your symptoms.
- Wear a
wrist splint at night to keep your wrist in a neutral
position and relieve pressure on your median nerve. See a picture of a
wrist splint .
Wrist Care: Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
When your pain is gone, begin
exercises for flexibility and strength for your arm
and wrist. Learn the best positions and posture for hand and wrist
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 21, 2010
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