What are the Causes?
The medical cause of CTS is a compression of the median nerve, although physicians aren’t sure what the underlying causes are. However, several common factors were found to correlate with the development of CTS:
The prevention of CTS begins with comfort – reducing the levels of stress, using ergonomic equipment, and taking breaks from repetitive actions. All of these have been suggested by physicians as preventative measures for CTS. Other suggested prevention methods involve proper intake of B-vitamins, performing stretches and strength-training the joint.
Yes, the same Botox used to minimize wrinkles can also be used to stop CTS pain, according to an ongoing clinical trial at the University of Minnesota.
4. Taking Steroids Orally/Injections
Steroids, taken orally or via shots are helpful in numbing the pain. They are, however, not a treatment, as they do not heal the underlying cause of CTS. If you’re taking steroids for the pain, but your median nerve is still pinched, the pain will resume once you stop taking the steroids. Furthermore, long-term use of steroids can lead to various conditions, such as high blood pressure and glaucoma, and even ruptured tendons.
5. Wearing a Splint
Grab some lotion and massage your hands by using your fingers to rub along and in between the fingers, as well as the palm and the wrist, and even your forearm. Repeat this twice per day, for about 15 minutes for best results.
7. Using Ergonomic Equipment
8. Carpal Tunnel Stretches
Recommended by many physiotherapists, these simple stretches can help relieve and treat CTS. (video)
9. Wet Cupping
This is an old Chinese medicinal technique, in which the therapist pricks the skin in acupuncture points, and then places glass cups on these spots to create suction. In 2009, German scientists conducted a study and found that this technique is quite effective in relieving CTS symptoms within a week.
By performing a type of yoga called Iyengar yoga, which improves body and posture alignment, CTS patients reported reduced symptoms. Scientists assume that the reason is the easing of the pressure on the nerves