Top 3 Ways to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Without Surgery
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common problem. It presents as pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the hand.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a compression of the median nerve which comes down the arm and into the hand.
This nerve helps us feel things with our hands and move the muscles in our palm. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be very painful and debilitating.
Here are the top three ways to treat carpal tunnel syndrome without surgery:
1. Wrist splints- wrist splints are immobilizing braces that you can wear all day, but are most commonly used at night and are most helpful if you have pain in your hands at night or when you wake up in the morning and your hands feel numb.
2. Medications- Some anti-inflammatory medications can be helpful to curb the symptoms of carpal tunnel. These medication include Advil and Aleve, or Motrin. There are some prescription strength medications that can work as well.
3. Injections- Carpal tunnel injections can be helpful in treating carpal tunnel syndrome. When performed, a small dose of a cortisone like steroid is injected into the carpal tunnel to relieve the inflammation around the nerve.
If these modalities are not successful then operative treatment is an option.