Treat Carpal Tunnel

Treat Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in your fingers, hand, and arm. Pressure on a major nerve near your wrist causes it. Learn how to recognize carpal tunnel and treat it.

Conditions: Nerve pain

Symptoms: muscle weakness, burning, pain, pain with movement, sharp pain, shocking pain, loss of feeling, numbness, tingling, muscle twitches, deep pain, electric pain, arm pain, hand pain, shooting pain, stabbing pain, can't tell hot from cold, feeling cold, pins and needles

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Wear Wrist Splints

Wear wrist splints to bed. They'll stop you from bending your wrists during the night, which can irritate the nerve and worsen carpal tunnel symptoms. A custom-made splint might be best, but an inexpensive splint from the pharmacy may work fine. Ask your doctor if you should try using wrist splints for at least 3 to 4 weeks.

Prompt: Hand numb in the AM?

CTA: Sleep with splints.

Conditions: Nerve pain

Symptoms: muscle weakness, burning, pain, pain with movement, sharp pain, shocking pain, loss of feeling, numbness, tingling, muscle twitches, deep pain, electric pain, arm pain, hand pain, shooting pain, stabbing pain, can't tell hot from cold, feeling cold, pins and needles

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Treatments: assistive devices, brace, orthotics, splint

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Carpal Tunnel Signs

Carpal tunnel causes pain in the wrist and hand -- especially the thumb, the index finger, and the middle finger. It usually does not cause pain in the little finger. If you do have pain there, a different nerve may be involved. Tell your doctor.

Prompt: Is it carpal tunnel?

CTA: Which fingers are affected?

Conditions: Nerve pain

Symptoms: muscle weakness, burning, pain, pain with movement, sharp pain, shocking pain, loss of feeling, numbness, tingling, muscle twitches, deep pain, electric pain, arm pain, hand pain, shooting pain, stabbing pain, can't tell hot from cold, feeling cold, pins and needles

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Treatments: assistive devices, brace, orthotics, splint, surgery, over-the-counter drugs

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On-the-Job Injury

Can hours on a computer cause carpal tunnel? Most people think so, but the evidence isn't strong. Research shows you're more likely to get it from factory jobs that involve repetitive motions or jobs that involve holding power tools. Still, it's a good idea to take at least a 5-minute break from your computer every hour to stretch. That may help prevent neck and back pain as well as headaches and visual fatigue.

Prompt: Computer related?

CTA: Maybe not.

Conditions: Nerve pain

Symptoms: muscle weakness, burning, pain, pain with movement, sharp pain, shocking pain, loss of feeling, numbness, tingling, muscle twitches, deep pain, electric pain, arm pain, hand pain, shooting pain, stabbing pain, can't tell hot from cold, feeling cold, pins and needles

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Treatments: assistive devices, brace, orthotics, splint, surgery, over-the-counter drugs

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Careful Stretching

Stretching and strengthening the wrist and hand helps ease pain for some people with carpal tunnel syndrome. However, some exercises may make the pain worse. Be careful. Ask your doctor or a physical therapist which exercises are safe for you.

Prompt: Stretches can help.

CTA: But not the wrong ones.

Conditions: Nerve pain

Symptoms: muscle weakness, burning, pain, pain with movement, sharp pain, shocking pain, loss of feeling, numbness, tingling, muscle twitches, deep pain, electric pain, arm pain, hand pain, shooting pain, stabbing pain, can't tell hot from cold, feeling cold, pins and needles

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Treatments: assistive devices, brace, orthotics, splint, surgery, over-the-counter drugs, exercise, stretching

Categories: treatments

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on October 01, 2016

Sources

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Merck Manual.

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Journal of the American Medical Association.

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

Clinical Journal of Pain.

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