Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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 reduce Reference inflammation Opens New Window:
- Rest your fingers, hand, and wrist. Stop activities that you think may be causing numbness and pain. When your symptoms improve, resume the activity gradually. As you do, keep your wrists straight or only slightly bent.
- Ice your wrist for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, once or twice an hour.
- Consider taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to Reference relieve pain and reduce swelling. Studies haven't shown NSAIDs to be effective for carpal tunnel syndrome, but they may help relieve your symptoms.
- Wear a Reference wrist splint at night to keep your wrist in a neutral position and relieve pressure on your median nerve.
When your pain is gone, begin Reference exercises for flexibility and strength for your arm and wrist. Learn the best positions and posture for hand and wrist movements.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 2, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Herbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery