Posted by: ugleepen | October 17, 2013

How to Reduce the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

uglee pen - ctsAs we’ve discussed before, the carpal tunnel, a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand, houses the median nerve and tendons.

Sometimes, swelling from irritated tendons narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed. This can result in pain, weakness or numbness in the hand and wrist, and radiating up the arm known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

Irritation to the tendons occurs with repetitive motion such as texting and typing, and gripping tools.

Here are some ways to reduce symptoms and alleviate mild Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain:

  • Braces and splints can be worn during work, or other activity that aggravates your symptoms.
  • Take an over-the-counter medication anti-inflammatory drug, like ibuprofen. (Check with your doctor first.)
  • Modify the activity that aggravates your symptoms. For instance, if typing causes pain use a more ergonomic hand position.
  •  Take brief rest periods throughout the day.
  • Be sure to stretch before the activity.

In the following video, fitness coach Lee Hayward offers some simple exercises to alleviate mild carpal tunnel symptoms.

  

If you find that your discomfort continues, or gets worse, even with exercises, be sure to discuss your symptoms with your personal physician.

Disclaimer: UGLee Pen and Dr. James Lee neither endorse nor disapprove of Lee Hayward.

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