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How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

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Treatments include:

  • Lifestyle changes. If your symptoms are because of repetitive motion, you can take more frequent breaks or do a bit less of the activity that’s causing you pain. Certain stretching and strengthening exercises could help, too. Speak with your doctor.
  • Immobilization. The doctor may have you use a splint to keep your wrist from moving and to lessen pressure on the nerves. You may wear one at night to help get rid of that numbness or tingling feeling. This can help you sleep better and give your median nerve a rest.
  • Medication. Your doctor may give you anti-inflammatory drugs or steroid shots to reduce swelling.
  • Surgery. If none of the above treatments work, an operation may be an option. Talk with your doctor about it.

From: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by David Zelman on October 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by David Zelman on October 11, 2017

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