What helps carpal tunnel the most?

Answered by Frank Schwing

When it comes to finding relief for carpal tunnel syndrome, there are a few things that have helped me the most. I’m not a medical professional, but I can share my personal experiences and what has worked for me.

One of the first things I found helpful was taking a pain reliever, like aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB), or naproxen sodium (Aleve). These over-the-counter medications can help reduce inflammation and provide temporary relief from the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Of course, it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any medication.

Another thing that has been beneficial is wearing a wrist splint at night. These can be found at most drugstores or pharmacies without a prescription. It’s important to find a snug, but not tight, splint that supports the wrist and keeps it in a neutral position while you sleep. This can help alleviate pressure on the median nerve and reduce symptoms.

In addition to wearing a wrist splint, it’s also important to avoid sleeping on your hands. This can further compress the median nerve and worsen symptoms. I’ve found it helpful to sleep with my hands in a relaxed, natural position to minimize any additional strain on the wrist.

It’s worth noting that these measures may provide temporary relief, but they may not address the underlying cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. If symptoms persist or worsen, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Remember, everyone’s experience with carpal tunnel syndrome may be different, so what works for one person may not work for another. It’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and treatment options.