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What eliminates carpal tunnel syndrome?

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2024 | Workplace Illness |

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes numbness, tingling and other forms of discomfort in the hand and arm. Those who develop it may become unable to perform their jobs or enjoy life as before.

Although the situation can be painful, the good news is that solutions are available.

Nonsurgical treatments

Many times, relief is easy to find. One option is wrist splinting. Wearing a splint keeps the wrist straight, thus reducing pressure. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are another possibility. Sufferers may also explore cortisone injections to reduce pain and swelling.

Lifestyle changes

Simple alterations in daily habits can suppress carpal tunnel syndrome. Chief among them is taking frequent breaks. Periodically stretching and bending hands and wrists is beneficial. Additionally, specialists recommend maintaining a neutral wrist position at all times.

Another tip is to be mindful of posture. Allowing shoulders to roll forward shortens the neck and shoulder muscles, which affects the wrists, fingers and hands. Sitting up straight eliminates this problem.

Furthermore, employees should find ways of keeping their hands warm. Pain and stiffness are more likely to develop among those in cold environments.

Surgical treatments

An operation may be the only way forward if symptoms do not improve. Carpal tunnel surgery relieves pressure by cutting the median nerve. After surgery, recovery can vary from a few weeks to several months, depending on the circumstances. Exercises that stretch and strengthen the wrist and hand muscles assist in speeding up the healing process.

A range of treatment possibilities is available for individuals experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome. When simple countermeasures prove inadequate, a costly operation might be necessary. If job-related, workers’ compensation is there to help ease the financial burden of going under the knife.