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How can steroids help treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Corticosteroids, such as cortisone, are strong drugs that can lessen swelling. You can sometimes take these medicines as pills. It's also possible your doctor gives it to you as a shot in your wrist that goes right into the carpal tunnel. It can give you temporary relief from pain and swelling, but it's not a long-term solution.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, OrthoInfo: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Cleveland Clinic: "5 Ways You Can Ease Carpel Tunnel Syndrome Pain Without Surgery."

PubMed Health: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Wrist Splints and Hand Exercises."

National Health Service: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Office on Women's Health: "Carpal Tunnel Fact Sheet."

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Carpal Tunnel Release."

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry : "A randomized clinical trial of oral steroids in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome: a long term follow up."

Neurology : "Oral drug of choice in carpal tunnel syndrome."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, OrthoInfo: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Cleveland Clinic: "5 Ways You Can Ease Carpel Tunnel Syndrome Pain Without Surgery."

PubMed Health: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Wrist Splints and Hand Exercises."

National Health Service: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Office on Women's Health: "Carpal Tunnel Fact Sheet."

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Carpal Tunnel Release."

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry : "A randomized clinical trial of oral steroids in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome: a long term follow up."

Neurology : "Oral drug of choice in carpal tunnel syndrome."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

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