Non-Surgical Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Part 1)
Treating carpal tunnel syndrome as early as possible after symptoms start is your best bet for keeping the condition from advancing to the point where you need surgery.
If you have been diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and do not get it treated, it can last a long time and will typically get considerably worse – eventually making it impossible to work and typically requiring surgical intervention.
In this article experienced Bloomfield Hills Carpal Tunnel Syndrome surgeon Dr. Rehman discusses some steps you can take to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. However, you should still make an appointment and discussing your specific situation with a hand specialist such as Dr. Rehman to ensure minimize your pain and ensure you have the proper treatment plan for your carpal.
Changing your Work Routine for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, it is likely that your work duties are the cause or a contributing factor. Repetitive motions, especially those involving some force (typing, turning a screwdriver, etc.) are the worst culprits.
Ideally your employer may be able to change your work duties (e.g. moving you from cashier to customer service). If this is not possible, take taking frequent breaks, stretch your hands often and try to use less pressure when performing repetitive motions.
6 Nonsurgical Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is diagnosed early, some of the following nonsurgical methods may help improve your condition. These conservative treatments are typically more likely to help if you’ve had only mild to moderate symptoms for less than 10 months.
#1. Applying cold packs for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cold packs can help reduce the inflammation that is putting pressure on the nerve.
#2. Wrist Splinting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Doctor Rehman can provide you with a splint that holds your wrist still while you sleep to help relieve nighttime symptoms of tingling and numbness.
#3. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as an ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB), may help offer short-term pain relief from carpal tunnel syndrome. However there isn’t evidence that these drugs will offer any long-term improvement of the actual underlying condition.
If you think you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Rehman for a comprehensive evaluation and consultation. As with most medical conditions, early detection, awareness, and a prevention or treatment plan is the most effective way to combat the effects of conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.
She will assess your individual situation, and prescribe the treatments that are best for your condition.