Carpal tunnel syndrome is a series of symptoms that occur when there is pressure applied to the median nerve in your wrist. This and several other tendons go through a small space in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. Once swelling occurs, it pushes on these nerves and tendons. The median nerves controls movement and feeling in your thumb and first three fingers. Pressure on this nerve is what causes the syndrome.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
There are a classic set of symptoms that accompany carpal tunnel syndrome. Some of the mild symptoms include:
The more chronic symptoms include:
- Occasional tingling, numbness, and weakness
- Pain in your fingers
- Severe pain and ongoing numbness
- Inability to comfortably move hands
Relieving Carpal Tunnel Pain
The first order of business when relieving carpal tunnel pain is to rest your wrist. This will prevent any further damage and limit the amount of pain you will feel. This could mean immobilizing your wrist with a splint or brace or simply putting off tasks that involve strenuous wrist movement. If you find repetitive movements are hurting your wrist, then that likely means there is pressure being put on your median nerve.
Consider your resting position and what your wrists are doing when you sleep. Depending on the position of your hand and wrist, you might be putting unnecessary pressure on your wrist, and therefore your median nerve. Use anti-inflammatory medicine to help reduce swelling in your wrist. Medicines that have aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium can help to relieve the swelling and therefore the pain. In some instances, your weight can play a part in your pain. Just like some individuals find relief in their other joints when they lose weight, this might be helpful for your wrists as well, since it will take some pressure off your median nerve. Lastly, try using compression sleeves to relieve your worst symptoms! The WS6 Wrist Compression Sleeve will help to reduce swelling and help give you better blood flow to your wrist and give it the oxygen it needs in order to heal. If you’re interested, contact Orthosleeve today!