Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) manifests in different ways. It can cause unpleasant sensations like tingling, acute pain or sudden loss of grip strength.
If the stage of this condition is moderate, a medical treatment is prescribed as a first-line approach to relieve the patient. The practitioner then suggests different solutions depending on the diagnosis he has established. Indeed, each case is unique and what will work for one person may not necessarily work for another.
Nevertheless, the range of solutions remains the same. The important is to find the most appropriate treatment for each patient.
Immobilising the wrist to relieve pain associated with carpal tunnel naturally
To relieve pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome , immobilising the wrist is efficient. Wearing a brace that immobilises the wrist* is one way to fight against painful symptoms. Your wrist is hold in a neutral position; in other words, it holds the wrist lined up with the forearm. This position limits the median nerve compression and consequently the pain.
Contrary to what one might think, the wrist doesn’t rest at night! While sleeping, we bent it or put the hand under the pillow. As a result, pressure increases in the carpal tunnel and makes the position painful.
With a rigid brace , the joint can rest. Wear this kind of medical device is only advocated during rest periods or at night.
The rest brace CARP'IMMO™* by EPITACT® has been developed for this purpose. Semi-rigid anatomical reinforcements comfortably hold the wrist in a neutral position. This brace contributes to muscle relaxation and then reduces stresses on the wrist. A way to find peaceful and restful sleeps again! For optimal comfort, it is recommended to wear the EPITACT® rigid braces for 3 months.
Splints to help immobilise the wrist are effective in relieving pain but don’t allow to continue activities. This is exactly the aim of this device: it prevents mobility of the joint in order to rest it.
Wearing a flexible brace to relieve pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome naturally
To relieve pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome naturally while continuing normal activities, a flexible brace is more appropriate.
This type of brace favours sensory stimulation to help you unconsciously adapt daily movements. This is called micro-orthopaedics, based on proprioception .
The CARP'ACTIV™ brace for day* by EPITACT® has been created for this purpose. Flexible and comfortable, it protects your wrist during the day. Its patented pattern helps the wrist to rest. Lateral movements, thumb motion or natural hand opening are preserved to allow normal tasks. CARP'ACTIV™* accompanies you in all your activities. You can use it for long periods on a daily basis to relearn the right movements that don't overuse your joints.
Appropriate treatment to relieve pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome
To properly soothing pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome , drug therapy is often used. Analgesics like paracetamol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (for limited periods) can relieve pain.
Moreover, homeopathic treatment can be associated to other solutions to reduce pain. Phytotherapy also helps to control symptoms naturally. In addition, massages with wintergreen oil, composed of 99% of methyl salicylate, can relieve you. This essential oil, similar to aspirin, has both analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Corticosteroid injections to relieve pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome
To alleviate the symptoms of CTS, your GP may prescribe you corticosteroid injection. The objective is to reduce swelling in the carpal tunnel . This injection is preferably performed close to the carpal tunnel rather that within it. The effects are noticeable after one week. If they’re positive, it makes some room for the median nerve and temporarily relieve you. However, this do not treat the cause of inflammation !
This treatment proves to be quite efficient when symptoms are recent and caused by a manual activity you're aware of being the origin of pain. This activity should be moderate to soothe the joint permanently. Injections (2 to 3) can be repeated over a few weeks for a more lasting relief.
It is rare that only one solution relieves the joint in the long term. But, by combining several options, you can relieve the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome . If therefore pain increases, your GP will probably recommend you surgery.
*CARP'IMMO™ and CARP’ACTIV™ are class I medical devices that bear the CE marking under this regulation. Carefully read the instructions before use. Manufacturer: MILLET Innovation. 11/2021