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Do exercises help with carpal tunnel syndrome?

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If you have mild or moderate symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, you might get some benefit from a few simple exercises. But keep in mind that studies are mixed about how much they help. You'll get the best results if you do them along with other treatments, like using a brace and tweaking your activities so they put less strain on your hand and wrist.

When you try hand exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome, remember this isn't like going to the gym to lose weight. Forget the whole "No pain, no gain" idea. If it hurts, take a break. If you push it, you can make your symptoms much worse.

One more tip: Start slow and easy and see how it goes. If you're not sure if an exercise is right for you, check with your doctor.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Carpal tunnel exercises: Can they relieve symptoms?"

PubMed: "Exercise and mobilisation interventions for carpal tunnel syndrome," "The comparative effectiveness of combined lumbrical muscle splints and stretches on symptoms and function in carpal tunnel syndrome."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Efficacy of tendon and nerve gliding exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials."

Arthritis Research UK: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

NHS, University Hospital Southampton: "Carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy."

NHS, Oxford University Hospitals: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Eastern Washington University: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Arthritis Foundation: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on July 07, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Carpal tunnel exercises: Can they relieve symptoms?"

PubMed: "Exercise and mobilisation interventions for carpal tunnel syndrome," "The comparative effectiveness of combined lumbrical muscle splints and stretches on symptoms and function in carpal tunnel syndrome."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Efficacy of tendon and nerve gliding exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials."

Arthritis Research UK: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

NHS, University Hospital Southampton: "Carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy."

NHS, Oxford University Hospitals: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Eastern Washington University: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Arthritis Foundation: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on July 07, 2019

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