Carpal tunnel syndrome can be a painful and annoying condition to live with. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of treatment options available to pick from. They can range from therapy to surgical procedures.
Non-Surgical Pain Relief Methods
Non-surgical procedures are always suggested first. These treatment options include splinting the wrist, applying cold to it, while using the affected wrist as little as possible. A wrist splint will immobilize the wrist, while the cold will reduce inflammation to hopefully reduce the pressure on the median nerve. It is also suggested to change your daily habits to reduce use of the wrist and to buy products that will are ergonomically better for your wrist, such as a gel mouse pad if you type a lot every day. You should also engage in a series of exercises for your wrist to stretch it out. If your case of CTS is not that serious, then these techniques are usually good enough for carpal tunnel pain relief.
Of course, analgesics will also help you deal with the pain. NSAIDs (Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) will reduce inflammation that commonly occurs with CTS, as well as reduce pain felt. Vitamin supplements may provide long term benefits – it has been reported that Vitamin B6 can help relieve some symptoms.
Corticosteroids are for more persistent cases of CTS. They can be taken orally or injected directly into the wrist, though injections are more effective. These can provide immediate relief of symptoms. However, they are not the most convenient of treatment options, as taking too many over a short period of time (or just taking them over a prolonged period of time) can lead to side effects.
Carpal Tunnel Surgery
For advanced symptoms of CTS, or for those looking for a definitive treatment to end CTS once and for all, carpal tunnel surgery should be considered. It is a good idea to think about surgery if carpal tunnel pain persists for at least 6 months and other treatment methods fail.
Wrist surgery will involve cutting away some of the ligaments around the median nerve, yielding more room and reduce pressure on the nerve. Endoscopic wrist surgeries will only require a small incision, and are performed from using a scope inserted through the incision. Open surgeries require a large incision and opens up the wrist completely. Because endoscopic procedures are minimally invasive, they tend to have easier recovery periods. Be sure to talk to your doctor and surgeon for much more information about what is best to relieve your pain.