Dealing with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is not always easy. The pain and numbness in your hands and wrist are making it difficult to do everyday tasks, and in some cases keeping you up at night. If this sounds like you, know you are not alone and we have compiled a few suggestions for pain relief.
Give these 4 quick fixes a try to relieve your carpal tunnel pain:
Take a Break Whether your job involves manual labor or sitting at a desk typing all day, there’s a good chance you need your hands to get it done. Overexertion can trigger the pain and the “pins and needles” feeling associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Take a 15 minute break every once and awhile. Use this time to stretch out and soothe the nerves in your arms and hands.
Loosen Up The way you hold objects can cause pain if you have carpal tunnel syndrome. Don’t grip your pens too tight or use too much force when typing on your keyboard. If you find yourself straining to complete a task, that’s a sign you need to relax your hands.
Realign If you’ve been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome you’ve probably heard that it’s important to keep your wrists in a “neutral” position. This means keeping your fingers in line with your forearms, and avoiding activities where your wrist is flexed. If you work in an office, this is easier said than done because typing can often force your arm to bend at the wrist. Adjusting your chair height, keeping your forearms aligned with your fingers and avoiding the bending that can cause carpal tunnel pain are all simple ways to relieve pain.
Cool Off Carpal tunnel pain, similar to many other types of pain, can be relieved with an ice pack. Keep an ice pack on your hand/wrist for 20 minutes at a time when the pain is starting to flare up.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a pesky condition because it can get in the way of you doing the simplest of tasks. But these quick fixes should help you relieve any pain you’re experiencing.
If your carpal tunnel pain is persistent and remedies like these don’t seem to help, it’s time to seek medical attention. At Contact Physical Therapy, our hand therapists are skilled at helping carpal tunnel patients return to regular daily activities. Schedule your appointment today!