One of the most commonly used front line treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen. Doctors prescribe them and people just seem to instinctively think that that bottle of pills should help.
Unfortunately, while it might dull the pain for a while, anti-inflammatory drugs will neither help nor heal your Carpal Tunnel problems.
Anti-inflammatory drugs (AID) can be beneficial in the very short term for some types of injuries. CTS isn’t really one of them. As I said, AID reliably decrease your experience of pain for a few hours, but once they wear off, the pain comes right back. I’m not exactly sure why AID are considered a treatment when they are really a very short term, stopgap measure.
If you have a Tendonitis injury, where there is actual damage to the tendon, the body responds by kicking in an inflammation process. As long as there is injury or the perception of injury, the inflammation process will stay active.
The Carpal Tunnel dynamic is different than a Tendonitis dynamic. Unless Tendonitis is a component of your Carpal Tunnel, then there is no actual damage that is causing an inflammation response.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a slowly progressing Downward Spiral of:
- Increasingly tight muscles
- Increasingly tight connective tissue
- Increasingly defensive and protective nervous system
- Increasingly less and less circulation in and out of the structures
- -If- there is any inflammation, it is general and throughout the lower arm and hand, (without a specific source like an injured tendon).
Using anti-inflammatory drugs:
- Does Not relax muscles
- Does Not loosen connective tissue
- Does Not help your nervous system calm down and feel safe
- -Might- increase circulation, but if so only a little bit, and only temporarily
If you have used or are using AID for more than a week, or two weeks, or more, that is a sure sign that you are heading down the wrong treatment path. As you continue to use pills to get through the day or night, the mechanism of your CTS continues to get slowly worse and worse.
Also, if you have been using AID for long periods of time, be careful as they can have negative side-effects.
AID are fine in a pinch to lessen pain. Pain is no fun. But Anti-inflammatory drugs are not a cure for Carpal Tunnel.
My proof? It’s simple. They’ve never cured anybody.