Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
1 AnswerDr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD , Emergency Medicine, answeredA wrist splint is a hard structure that's used to prevent you from moving your wrist. Wrist splints are typically used if you've had a fracture to one of the bones of your wrist/hand/arm, or another injury for which you need to keep the wrist immobile. Sometimes, if you've just broken a bone, the ER will put on a splint, but not a full cast. That's because your arm could likely swell over the next couple of days, and having a cast all the way around your arm in the first 48-72 hours would make that very painful. The ER will have you follow-up with an orthopedic surgeon, who may then place a cast.
1 AnswerDr. Fred C. Redfern, MD , Orthopedic Surgery, answered on behalf of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
10 AnswersDr. Michael Roizen, MD , Internal Medicine, answeredTo ease the discomfort if you have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), immobilize your wrist with a splint when you can, including during sleep. Also, take anti-inflammatories, such as aspirin, and ice your wrist morning and night. If the problem persists, noninvasive endoscopic surgery can open up the tunnel and relieve symptoms. Most people recover completely and never have the problem again.
1 AnswerMaster Stephen Co , Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answered
Perform the following steps to provide the energetic remedy for carpal tunnel or injuries caused by repetitive motions of the hand or arm:
1. Affected joint or area: Sweep alternately with light whitish-green and light whitish-blue for at least 5 minutes. Energize with whitish-green, then light whitish-blue, then light whitish-violet. Stabilize.
2. Repeat step 1 on the armpit, jaw, and back of the head.
3. Front solar plexus chakra: Sweep with light whitish-green, then energize with white prana. Stabilize.
4. Repeat step 2 on the back solar plexus, navel, and basic chakras.
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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help treat the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. These are over-the-counter drugs, like ibuprofen and aspirin, that can reduce pain and inflammation caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Another treatment option that's available over-the-counter is a wrist splint. Splinting can help keep your wrist in a stable, neutral position, especially overnight.
Exercises alone usually don't help the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome -- in fact, they may make symptoms worse! Sometimes, doctors may recommend certain wrist or hand exercises or physical therapy, but not as a primary treatment. Rest, changing activities, splinting or bracing, medications, or surgery are among the standard treatments.
3 AnswersIf you have carpal tunnel syndrome, surgery can help treat its symptoms. The carpal tunnel is an area in the wrist that everyone has. It's a space that's surrounded by bones and a ligament and has tendons and a nerve inside. Over time, some people's tendons can become thick, exerting pressure on the nerve. This gives people the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, such as tingling, numbness, pain or a loss of strength in their hands. Carpal tunnel surgery releases the pressure on the carpal tunnel, taking the pressure off the nerve so it can recover.
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2 AnswersDr. Peter Bongiorno, ND , Naturopathic Medicine, answered
Carpal tunnel can be caused by a few different factors.
Most people who suffer from carpal have issues with repetitive motion: people who type at a computer, graphic designers, movie editors, etc. Can be prone. It is a key to keep the proper ergonomic form, meaning the way a person sits and holds their body can help stave off carpal tunnel. Water, B vitamins, fish oil and anti-inflammatory herbs can be quite helpful, and have less side effects than conventional over the counter anti-inflammatories. Sleep is important for repair. Sometimes, using a soft brace during physical stressors can help limit progression of the problem, but should not be used 24 hours a day.
In the patients I have worked with I have found in about 30% of cases, the issue is actually not in the wrist area, but in the shoulder. So checking into tight shoulders and nerve impingement closer to the spine can be important.
And finally, no matter what the factors, I will use acupuncture and wrist adjustment/alignment techniques to help it feel better and heal faster.
2 AnswersDr. Rachel Rohde, MD , Orthopedic Surgery, answeredOral medications usually are not helpful for carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Corticosteroid injections right into the carpal tunnel are thought to decrease inflammation. These generally are given by hand surgeons who are very familiar with the anatomy in the hand and wrist and can offer relief for people who have had symptoms only for a short period of time.