Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Mild symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can be managed at home with much success. Moderating activities with your hands and taking more frequent breaks may be very helpful in reducing the pain. Other treatment options to incorporate are:
- Regular icing of your wrists for 10 to 15 minutes every hour.
- Taking NSAIDs to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
- Wearing a wrist splint to stabilize your wrist at night will take pressure off of the median nerve.
- Cortisone injection.
The more swiftly you begin these modifications and treatment alternatives the less likely you are to develop long-term damage to the median nerve. Surgery is usually a last resort for carpal tunnel syndrome. It is generally reserved for patients that are in severe pain and are unable to work or do other activities. Some tips to avoid carpal tunnel or to keep you condition under control are:
- Keeping the wrist in a neutral position while typing
- Switching hands often for repeated movements
- Using the hand to hold objects instead of fingers
Severe carpal tunnel or cases that do not improve with conservative care can be treated with surgical release successfully.