If you have pain, tingling, and other problems in your hand because of carpal tunnel syndrome, you can take steps to help the pain.
Steps to relieve pain and reduce swelling include:
Applying ice to the palm side of the hand and
wrist for short periods.
Avoiding sleeping on your
hands or with your wrists bent. Wearing a
wrist splint at night is often
Asking your doctor if you can take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which may
help reduce swelling and relieve pain. They may be helpful for some people, although
they are not generally thought to be effective for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
Other lifestyle changes such as losing weight, quitting
smoking, reducing the amount of alcohol you drink, and controlling medical
conditions, such as
diabetes, may help relieve your symptoms of carpal
tunnel syndrome related to swelling.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerHerbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery