If your symptoms last a long time and are not relieved with recommended home
care, you should see your doctor.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is rarely an emergency. Milder cases of carpal tunnel
syndrome have been shown to respond to nonsurgical treatment. The first line of
treatment for mild carpal tunnel syndrome is to wear a wrist brace. This has
been shown to relieve the symptoms from the carpal tunnel by placing the wrist
in a neutral position and reducing the nerve irritation. If carpal tunnel
syndrome persists for a long time, permanent nerve injury is possible that will
cause numbness and weakness in the hand. Treatment is directed at preservation
of hand function.
Home care for carpal tunnel syndrome is straightforward and can often provide
relief for mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Wear a wrist splint (can be purchased at most
to keep the wrist in a neutral position at rest. Splinting is usually tried for
a period of 4-6 weeks. Some people wear their splints at night only and others
wear their splints both day and night, depending upon when the symptoms are at
their worst. If no relief is found at 4-6 weeks, the splints are not likely to
Physical therapy can be particularly useful after carpal tunnel surgery. Therapy
can reduce swelling, stiffness, and pain after surgery. Therapy can also help to
restore strength after surgery. Not everyone needs therapy after surgery, but
for some, it can be very helpful.
Wear your wrist splint and take all
Keep any return appointments, even if you feel better, so your doctor can
monitor your progress and make changes to your treatment plan if necessary.
maintaining appropriate weight, and regularly exercising may help prevent the
onset of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Modification of workstations, keyboards, and tools has been attempted to try to
prevent the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Whether these interventions
help is unknown. Appropriate treatment of wrist arthritis, when present, can
prevent or treat Syndrcarpal tunnel syndrome.
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