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Alternatives to surgery that alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2023 | Workers' Compensation |

Wrist pain can be debilitating. For many, carpal tunnel syndrome remains the culprit. When discomfort worsens, it becomes impossible to work or even perform simple chores.

Surgery is often the only solution. Thankfully, this is not always the case. Home remedies provide significant relief for a sizable percentage of sufferers.

Lessen repetitive actions

It is a common misconception that performing the same motion is always the primary cause of CTS. In reality, genetics often bears the most blame. That said, repetitive behaviors could worsen the problem.

Strumming a guitar, typing and operating construction equipment may cause nerves to pinch. Get into the habit of taking breaks every 15 minutes when engaging in such activities. Increase blood flow by wiggling fingers and flexing wrists during rest periods.

Use splints

Straightening wrists helps reduce pressure on median nerves. Thus, wrist braces can be part of the solution. Symptoms of CTS are often worse at night, so wear them to bed. Daytime usage is savvy, as well. This is especially true if that is when the triggering movement happens most.

Wear gloves

Cold increases pain and stiffness. Consider donning gloves at all times, even when indoors. Choose ones that allow for everyday hand motions. That way, you may still take care of daily responsibilities and engage in any hobby you desire. Combine them with hand warmers for an extra boost of heat.

Curing CTS through medical intervention can be a costly and painful experience. Explore time-tested home remedies before agreeing to go under the knife.