Have you ever felt pain, numbness and tingling sensation in your wrist or hand? Chances are, you might be suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).
CTS can happen when a nerve in your wrist is pinched. It can be a result of typical everyday activities in many cases. This includes frequent use of vibrating tools, repetitive hand movements, or manual labor. It is a common condition that affects the hand, wrist, and fingers.The symptoms often develop slowly, beginning with a "pins and needles" type of sensation in the morning or when falling asleep.
In general, women are three times more likely to experience CTS than men. This may be because women have smaller wrists, creating a tighter space for nerves and muscles.
Here are some ways to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. But it is still best if you seek professional advice first if you feel you are experiencing CTS.
1. Treating with ice
If you think your CTS is caused by repetitive movements, try massaging the area followed by applying an ice pack to your wrist twice a day for 15 to 20 minutes. Massaging stimulates the flow of blood while the cold reduces swelling and the resulting pain.
2. Take breaks from repetitive tasks
If you do anything that flexes and bends your wrist or fingers repeatedly, like knitting, playing the guitar, using a hand drill, or typing on your computer keyboard all day, the simplest remedy is to rest your fingers, hand, and wrist. Stop activities that you think may be causing numbness and pain.
3. Wear splints on your wrist
Splints keep your wrist from bending too much. It can help relieve the pressure on your median nerve. Your doctor may suggest that you wear one whenever you do anything that brings the symptoms.
4. Keep your hands warm
Heat can also ease the pain by relaxing the muscles. Try soaking your hands and wrist in warm to hot water for 12 to 15 minutes before you go to bed each night.
5. Do some stretches
Simple wrist exercises can be done anytime throughout the day. Make a fist and then slide your fingers until they are straight again, repeat the action 5 to 10 times, to help relieve any pressure on the wrist.
6. Anti Inflammatory Treatments
Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen may be beneficial to mild cases as it can ease the pain you may experiencing and can also reduce inflammation. However, persistent or worsening of symptoms such as burning or tingling that becomes constant can become permanent if left untreated.
Alternatively, surgery will usually cure carpal tunnel. For anyone experiencing symptoms related to CTS, it is important to take action quickly. Don't wait for more than 2-3 months to see your local hand surgeon or orthopedic specialist.