Simple wrist exercises can be done anytime throughout the day, whether you’re at your desk at work or waiting in line at the store. Healthline suggests making a fist and then slide your fingers until they are straight again, repeat the action five to 10 times, to help relieve any pressure on the wrist. If you have issues with fluid retention from pregnancy or fractures, get into the habit of elevating your hands and wrists whenever possible. These are secrets your pain doctor isn’t telling you.
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Keeping your wrists straight can help relieve the pressure on your median nerve. Symptoms are more common at night, so wearing a splint in the evening may help relieve your symptoms before they start. If you have issues with repetitive tasks at work, you can also wear wrist splints during the day. “The purpose of the splint is to keep the wrist in a neutral position keeping the tunnel open and preventing pressure on the nerve,” says Dr. Liberman. “We tend to sleep with our wrists bent, which exacerbates the symptoms. These splints can also be worn during an activity that exacerbates the symptoms.”
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Mild cases may respond well to anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen, says Dr. Liberman. “Some patients find that other anti-inflammatory techniques such as acupuncture and natural anti-inflammatory compounds such as turmeric and omega-3 can help mild cases,” says Dr. Clark Hay. However, he warns that persistent or worsening symptoms such as burning or tingling that becomes constant, the onset of persistent numbness or the onset of weakness can become permanent if left untreated. (These are signs that your joint pain is something way more serious.)