Hands are undoubtedly the most used parts of our body and are important to everyday life. We eat, work, write, hold and even talk using our hands. They are generally taken for garneted, until the time when some mishap happens and we are no longer able to use them before.
Dallas Pain clinic suggests that the most common ailment affecting their patients ‘hands is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). When the band of tissues encircling the wrists including ligaments and tendons becomes inflamed and thickened; it compresses the median nerve contributing to CTS.
The symptoms include tingling and numbness in the fingers, particularly in the thumb, index finger, and middle finger. Some other common symptoms include, wrist pain, sensation of electric shock in the hands, weakness of the hands, an aching forearm, and in some cases pain and other sensations running up the arm and the shoulder. The condition can affect anyone and at any age, most tends to occur more in women and people who are typically overweight.
Here are some tips to find relief from wrist pain and other discomfort cause by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis:
As CTS is often caused by an underlying rheumatoid arthritis, medications including disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can help bringing the condition under control and reduce the inflammation at the same time.
Use Pain Relievers:
Take Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that address inflammation, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium to reduce pain and swelling of the tissues inside the carpal tunnel.
Avoid the use of the affected fingers, hands or wrists for a few days. Stop activities that may be causing numbness and pain. This may give the inflamed tissue a chance to heal. Only when you know the symptoms have improved, resume the activity gradually and ensure that the wrists are either straight or slightly bent when performing a task.
Use Your Wrist Splint:
Wear a wrist splint while sleeping or during the day to keep the wrist and fingers in a neutral position. It provides good hours of rest for the wrist and helps reduce the chances of pain.
Get in touch with your doctor to stay in the know on the latest set of carpal tunnel exercises designed to help stretch and strengthen the wrists fingers, hands, wrists, forearms, shoulder and keep them limber. Performing these exercises regularly can help improve blood flow and reduce the severity of the pain.
Practicing Yoga regularly can help improve motion, blood flow and stretch and strengthen the joints in the upper body.
Consider lying down with the arms elevated with the help of pillows just above the heart to reduce swelling.
Get hold of ice pack and apply it on the wrist gently for 20 minutes for temporary pain relief.
You may also want to consider many alternative therapies for carpal tunnel syndrome including vitamin B6 supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic care, magnets, and Botox treatments. Be sure to seek your rheumatologist’s advice before trying any of these treatments.
With the above suggestions, aimed at easing pain and healing hands and wrists, you don’t have to live with carpal tunnel pain anymore.
Wish you swift recovery!