The goal of treatment for
carpal tunnel syndrome is to allow you to return to
your normal function and activities and to prevent nerve damage and loss of muscle strength in your fingers and hand.
Treatment options include:
Home treatment, such as changing or avoiding activities that may be causing symptoms and wearing a wrist splint.
Physical therapy. This includes ultrasound, stretching, and range-of-motion exercises. In some
clinics, these therapies may be done by an
Medicines, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. In some cases, oral corticosteroids or corticosteroid injections into the carpal tunnel may be considered.
Surgery. Surgery is sometimes recommended when other treatment hasn't helped, if you've had carpal tunnel syndrome for a long time, or if there is nerve damage or the risk of nerve damage.
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What to think about
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is based on the
seriousness of the condition, whether there is any nerve damage, and whether
other treatment has helped. If your symptoms are
mild, 1 to 2 weeks of
home treatment are likely to relieve your symptoms.