Should I use Heat or Ice for Carpal Tunnel Hand Pain?

Most people are confused about whether to use heat or ice to treat hand pain due to carpal tunnel syndrome; the answer is heat. But heat treatment offers only short-term temporary relief, at most an hour or two.

Here is an easy way to remember when to use ice or heat to treat injuries:


For acute injuries like sprains you should apply ice to the affected area as quickly as possible. This reduces blood flow in the traumatized tissues which consequently reduces the pain from inflammation.


For chronic injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis you should apply heat to the affected area. But remember applying heat to a hand is only giving you relief from pain, it is not treating the cause of the hand pain; carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a disorder that causes pain and weakness in the hand and wrist. CTS develops from problems in a nerve in the wrist — not the muscles, as some people mistakenly believe. The symptoms of CTS can range from mild to incapacitating.

Since you are reading this on the carpal brace store website, we assume you have carpal tunnel syndrome. The question is how do you know?

There are many conditions that cause hand pain. You must see a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

We hope you have seen your primary care doctor for a proper diagnosis of your condition and have not relied on some online self-testing for carpal tunnel syndrome. Because self-diagnosis of a medical condition is a foolish, and possibly harmful, thing to do.

There are many causes of hand pain that many people who self-diagnosis attribute to CTS such as De Quervain’s Tendinitis, Fractures, Arthritis, and Trigger Finger to name a few. Therefore, you need to see a doctor for a diagnosis.