Treating Carpal Tunnel

Woman in front of keyboard rubbing her wrist.

Working hard can lead to a lot: satisfaction, stress, career growth…and physical pain.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is experienced by many, especially those who have repeated movements as part of their job, such as typing or using a mouse.

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. It occurs when the median nerve in the hand is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist. Carpal tunnel gets worse over time, so it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible.

How is it treated?

  • Wearing a brace or splint reduces the pressure on the median nerve by keeping the wrist straight.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen and naproxen can help with pain and swelling.
  • Changing your routine: Symptoms often occur when the hand and wrist are in the same position for too long. Be conscious of your hand and wrist during your usual activities and make sure you’re changing up positions. Adjusting your workspace to be more ergonomic may help you in the long term.

If these treatments don’t help, talk to your doctor.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/