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What self-care steps can you take to treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

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To help ease the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, you may want to put ice on your wrist or soak it in an ice bath. Try it for 10 to 15 minutes, once or twice an hour.

You can also gently shake your wrist or hang it over the side of your bed for pain that wakes you up at night.

Some experts suggest you put your hand in warm water, around 100 F, then gently flex and extend your hand and wrist. Try it 3-4 times a day.

Another way to get relief: Rest your hands and wrists as much as possible. Give them a break from things that trigger your symptoms.

To ease pain, take over-the-counter meds like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, OrthoInfo: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Cleveland Clinic: "5 Ways You Can Ease Carpel Tunnel Syndrome Pain Without Surgery."

PubMed Health: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Wrist Splints and Hand Exercises."

National Health Service: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Office on Women's Health: "Carpal Tunnel Fact Sheet."

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Carpal Tunnel Release."

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry : "A randomized clinical trial of oral steroids in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome: a long term follow up."

Neurology : "Oral drug of choice in carpal tunnel syndrome."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 15, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, OrthoInfo: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Cleveland Clinic: "5 Ways You Can Ease Carpel Tunnel Syndrome Pain Without Surgery."

PubMed Health: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Wrist Splints and Hand Exercises."

National Health Service: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Office on Women's Health: "Carpal Tunnel Fact Sheet."

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Carpal Tunnel Release."

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry : "A randomized clinical trial of oral steroids in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome: a long term follow up."

Neurology : "Oral drug of choice in carpal tunnel syndrome."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 15, 2017

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