As one of the most common hand conditions in the nation, carpal tunnel syndrome can make work, play, and simple tasks and even sleeping difficult or impossible. Fortunately, our experienced orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Tyson Cobb, can provide a number of non-surgical treatment options to help minimize discomfort caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Here are four easy tips for relieving hand and wrist pain. In the event these approaches prove ineffective, Dr. Cobb is extensively trained in the latest endoscopic surgery techniques. Unlike traditional open surgery, minimally invasive endoscopic surgery typically requires no sutures and offers a shorter healing time.
Taking a break from using the affected hand for a few weeks can give the inflamed median nerve (the one that runs through the carpal tunnel and causes you pain) time to heal. You can also take small breaks at work by changing position or stretching your wrists.
Splints are the most common conservative treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Keeping your wrist in a neutral position throughout the night can prevent waking due to numbness and tingling in your hands, and it may help relieve daytime symptoms too.
3. Carpal Tunnel Exercises
Exercises and stretches can help reduce discomfort and keep pain from recurring. There are a number of carpal tunnel stretches you can perform right at your desk or where you work throughout the day to alleviate your symptoms. Dr. Cobb can provide additional examples during your consultation.
4. Cortisone Shot
A more advanced but still non-surgical treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome is a cortisone injection. This method also helps to reduce inflammation, but it’s not a cure. When the medication wears off, you may begin experiencing symptoms again.
These are just a few ideas to help achieve symptom relief of carpal tunnel syndrome. Our practice is committed to your health and well-being. If these tips do not relieve your symptoms, you should seek a professional evaluation, because untreated carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent nerve damage. Dr. Cobb can provide details of minimally invasive surgical options that require no sutures and allow faster recovery.
Have more questions about carpal tunnel syndrome? Contact our office today for more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cobb. We look forward to hearing from you soon.