Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief

Written by Devin Flanigan
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Sufferers of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) are on the constant look-out for anything that will provide relief from their painful symptoms. There are plenty of alternative therapies out there, including herbal remedies and salves. As with most maladies, however, the most basic and time-tested approaches seem to work the best.

CTS results from a pinching and inflammation of the medial nerve, which travels beneath the palm and through the wrist. It is most often caused by repetitive motions such as typing constantly on a keyboard. There are exercises and recommended arm and wrist positions that may help prevent the onset of CTS, but once you have it, relief is first and foremost on your mind.

Relief from Pain, Numbness and Weakness

As with many motion injuries, cold therapy is an excellent way to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain. Specially designed cold compression braces conform to the hand and wrist and direct localized cold therapy directly to the inflamed area. Cold therapy is best used after activity to help relieve pain and prevent further aggravation of the tender area.

Used in conjunction with certain anti-inflammatory medications that your doctor can prescribe, cold therapy can bring immense relief to sufferers of CTS. Cold is usually not recommended before activity, as it may cause stiffness and hinder full range of motion. However, most compression braces can be worn with the cooling gel at room temperature to provide stability and comfort throughout the activity.

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