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If you pinch a nerve in your wrist, you could develop carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that makes your hand or arm feel numb or tingly. This can make your hand feel weak and make it harder to do everyday activities, especially if you have a job that requires a lot of time on the computer.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that is usually easy to treat. With treatment, you should be able to heal over time and get rid of the numbness and tingling associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Simple Strategies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief

Some of the strategies that can relieve your carpal tunnel syndrome pain are simple to begin. As soon as you begin having symptoms, you should start the treatment process right away to keep the condition from worsening.

Here are some simple ways to relieve your carpal tunnel syndrome:

    • Wrist splints– Using a wrist splint can help relieve your pain and keep your condition from worsening. The splint keeps your wrist in a position that relieves the pressure on your nerves. You can even wear it while sleeping so you don’t put unnecessary strain on your wrist while your rest.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)– Using NSAIDs may help to reduce the swelling and pain related to your carpal tunnel syndrome for short-term relief.

Talk to your doctor to determine the best course of action for your carpal tunnel syndrome, especially if the simple strategies do not provide relief.

Advanced Strategies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief

If the simple strategies for pain relief do not help you feel better, you may need to try a more advanced strategy for your carpal tunnel syndrome. For example, your medical team could inject the injured area with a corticosteroid.

These cortisone shots can help get rid of some of the pressure on the median nerve to help lessen your pain. They can also reduce the inflammation and swelling in your hand or wrist.

If your carpal tunnel syndrome is particularly bad, you may need to get surgery to relieve your pain. Talk to your doctor to see if this is a necessary step for you.

There are two different options for carpal tunnel syndrome surgery: either open surgery or endoscopic surgery.  Either option may take some time to heal, but both can provide relief for your advanced carpal tunnel syndrome.

Tips for Avoiding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If possible, you want to try to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome, especially after you work to treat it. Keep your wrist brace and use it when needed. Take breaks from the computer or whatever activity causes the strain on your wrists.

If swelling or pain begins, ice the area to reduce the swelling. Try to keep your wrists straight or keeping a slight bend in them while doing the activity that caused your condition in the first place.
Get your doctor’s advice to keep your carpal tunnel syndrome under control. This condition is easy to treat, but can be a massive inconvenience while it is going on. Take care of yourself and be proactive about keeping carpal tunnel syndrome at bay.

Suffering From Whiplash?

You’re headed home in typical Tampa rush hour traffic. People are getting out of work and piling into their cars to get home like everyone else. The light turns red and you stop. Suddenly… another car rear-ends you while sitting at the light. Of course you weren’t expecting this, so your head violently jerks forward and back as your car is pushed several feet into the middle of the intersection.

Dazed. Confused. You slowly get out of your vehicle and look back at the other driver who’s already panicking. Surprisingly, you’re not in any pain right now, but once the shock and adrenaline wear off, you may begin to feel severe neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. That’s called whiplash and it’s serious.

How to Tell If You Have Whiplash

As we said, the warning signs for whiplash probably won’t show themselves right away. The adrenaline rush and shock must first subside before the pain of the injury can show itself. Some of this warning signs – or symptoms – can be:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Painful neck movement
  • Range of motion decreases in the neck
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain and/or tenderness
  • Tingling down the arms

Our Pain Experts in Tampa Can Treat Whiplash

Of course our example was a car wreck, but a person can get whiplash from a variety of events such as a sports injury or traumatic accident. You should contact the pain experts at Physician Partners of America if you begin to experience any of the listed symptoms above in addition to any other neck pain after any injury you may have receivedGetting a prompt diagnosis – and treatment if whiplash is the case – is vitally important to restoring full mobility of your neck and to eliminate the pain.

Remember, you may not feel the pain right away. Don’t dismiss the fact that the injury occurred and the effects are on the horizon. Better safe than sorry, right? With that in mind, even if you’ve been injured, but don’t think it’s whiplash, let our pain management team here at Physician Partners of America take a look.