Wrist splints. In mild cases of carpal
tunnel syndrome, rest and wearing a wrist splint at night may be enough to
relieve symptoms. Wrist splints keep the wrist from bending and minimize or
prevent pressure on the median nerve. Wrist splints are designed for different
purposes such as for certain jobs or for wearing at night. Splints are most
effective if they are used as soon as symptoms are
Retraining (learning new ways of doing things), and
ergonomic considerations (such as having your body in the correct posture and
position and using equipment that is right for your strength and ability).
Retraining and ergonomic considerations may not only relieve the symptoms of
carpal tunnel syndrome but also may prevent them from coming back.
It is possible that the main title of the report Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Complementary and alternative treatments are sometimes
used to help with the symptoms of tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain felt in
the fingers or hand. Some of these treatments include:2
Acupuncture, which has been suggested
as a useful treatment for some of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Because it is commonly used, the U.S. National Institutes of Health is
currently studying acupuncture for treating carpal tunnel
Yoga, which can be helpful in relieving pain in the
Manipulation therapies, such as
chiropractic, which involve realignment of joints and
bones by twisting, pulling, or pushing movements in the wrist and in the
forearm, upper arm, shoulder, upper back, and neck.
Vitamin B6, which may help prevent or reduce carpal tunnel symptoms. Small
studies have produced mixed results. High doses of vitamin B6 can cause nerve
problems (neuropathy). Talk to your doctor before you use vitamin B6
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 21, 2010
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