Treatment for Carpal Tunnel
Tendonitis and RSI
15 Essential Tips
1) Get a Proper Diagnosis: See your doctor at the onset of any pain, burning, strain, weakness tingling or numbness. At the very least your doctor can clearly identify what the issue is or refer you to someone who can. Your doctor will give you information on treatment for carpal tunnel or related injuries and perhaps refer you to a physiotherapist.
2) Take a Break: Take a break from making jewelry if you can. If you are able to take a few days or a week off from over using your hands, you will be that much further ahead in the healing process.
Rest is the first treatment for carpal tunnel or any injury. Depending on where you are on the injury scale you may need to break for a longer period.
3) Regular Icing: Whether you can take a break making jewelry or not, it is imperative to ice the area and ice often. Icing is an effective treatment for carpal tunnel and any new injury.
Use cold packs, frozen peas or ice wrapped in a small towel for ten minutes at a time. DO NOT ice more than ten minutes and DO NOT fall asleep with an ice pack on your skin as it can cause tissue damage.
You will be surprised how much relief and healing you can get if you are diligent about icing regularly. It is very important to ice right after working as well as at the end of a work day. You can ice very often just not for more than ten minute intervals and you must wait for the area to warm to normal temperature before icing again.
If you are suffering from Tennis Elbow, and you can stand to do this, get a fairly deep and wide bowl and fill it with ice water. Dip your elbow into the bowl for a short time. Do not do this for a prolonged period, but I am pretty sure you will not want to anyway.
A chiropractor told me to do this as a treatment for tennis elbow many years ago. It is very effective, but I found I could not really do it for longer than a minute as I have an allergic reaction to cold that causes hives. If you can stand this one, it is very penetrating and an effective treatment for tendinitis.
4) Ibuprofen: If you know that you can take Ibuprofen and have no health issues associated with taking ibuprofen you may find it helpful. While you want a treatment for carpal tunnel and related injuries and not just a mask, ibuprofen has a benefit that regular pain relievers do not have.
They work on reducing inflammation and that is very beneficial in the treatment for carpal tunnel and such. In my opinion taking an anti inflammatory medication is very useful as long as you don't find yourself forever taking them to mask pain. The goal is to treat and heal the issue completely.
Certainly when an injury is acute an anti inflammatory is an effective treatment for carpal tunnel and any injuries that may have symptoms of swelling and inflammation.
5) Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy can be very helpful as a treatment for carpal tunnel as well as RSI and all tendonitis issues. They offer ultrasound to heal the tissues as well as other treatments and exercises.
6) Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic care can also benefit in the treatment of carpel tunnel and related injuries depending on your chiropractor and your particular injury. Some chiropractors do much more than just adjustments.
Some will also use ultrasound as well as using a unit that has little gel pads that connect to your body. The little pads are connected to wires that send small electrical pulses to tire out the area and relax the muscles.
I highly recommend that if you choose to see a chiropractor you seek one who uses the activator method. The activator is a small tool that allows them to administer precise, yet gentle, adjustments without manual manipulation. I will no longer see a chiropractor who does manual adjustments as I find it too invasive. That is just my preference.
7) Dr. Ho: You can also buy a similar little unit to the one that physiotherapists and chiropractors use. It is by Dr. Ho and you can find it online by looking up Dr. Ho. I have owned one for years and found it very beneficial for neck related arm pain, tennis elbow and shoulder stress.
Although Dr. Ho mentions the use of his product on wrists I would get some professional advice or read up more on the Dr. Ho before using it as a treatment for carpal tunnel. You may get relief using this product where your neck meets your shoulders if that is also the source of your wrist issues. You can click on the image below to see one on Amazon.