For those who work in an office setting, spending most of their workday at a computer, carpal tunnel syndrome is a real possibility. There are ways to help prevent carpal tunnel problems like correct posture and an ergonomic workspace, regular breaks from the keyboard with proper stretches. If you’ve already been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, there are things you can do to minimize discomfort and progression.
Resting Your Wrists
Rest is the first recommendation for anyone suffering from carpal tunnel pain. It’s not enough just to stop typing or to walk away from your desk. Picking up your phone to text or play a game won’t help. To rest your wrists, lay your hands in your lap or even let them hang at your sides.
Hot and Cold Therapy
Heat and ice each play different roles when it comes to relieving the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. Heat is often used to help relax the muscles and tendons of the wrist, so that stretching and massaging is more effective. An ice pack or an ice bath helps to reduce swelling.
Braces can be used to give your wrists a break when needed. They can also be used to keep your wrists in a perfectly neutral position. This can greatly reduce pain, especially if they are worn at night.
The pain of carpal tunnel syndrome is often treated with over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol and Advil. Steroids can also be used to help reduce swelling and encourage healing. Your doctor will discuss the best pain management plan with you.
Physical or occupational therapy may help you to regain effective use of your hands with reduced pain. Seeing a certified hand specialist is an important step on the road to recovery once you’ve been diagnosed with carpal tunnel. If your diagnosis results in a need for surgery, physical therapy will be even more important.
Licensed hand therapists at Sovereign Rehabilitation are trained to help those who are suffering from conditions and injuries involving the hands, wrists, elbows and even shoulders. Your LHT will work with you to create a treatment plan that works around your needs and your schedule. Call the office today to schedule your initial consultation.
Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation
5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Suite 225
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 835-3340