Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

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    How Do I Regain Strength after Carpal Tunnel Surgery?
    Patients can usually regain strength after carpal tunnel surgery, says Fred Redfern, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he says that the relief of pain is substantial after surgery.
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    Oral corticosteroids such as prednisone are synthetic versions of hormones secreted by the adrenal gland. They are powerful drugs that can reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system. 

    Oral corticosteroids are effective for short-term relief of carpal tunnel symptoms. Oral corticosteroids, taken over a 3-month period, are not as effective as a single corticosteroid injection. 

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    To 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.
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    If you do develop symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, you can try some home treatments:

    • When you go to bed at night, make a "nest" for yourself with pillows that tip you slightly to one side and support your arms at your sides but slightly elevated.
    • If you find that you curl your hands up during the night, try using supportive wrist splints, which you can buy in most drugstores; they will hold your wrists in a neutral position while you sleep.
    • Several times a day, exercise your wrists and hands by touching each of the fingers on the affected hand, one after another, to the thumb of that hand.

    If carpal tunnel syndrome becomes severe, it may help to see a physical or occupational therapist and be fitted for custom wrist braces or have other medical treatment. Talk with your health care provider if you are having difficulty sleeping or doing your daily activities due to carpal tunnel symptoms.

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    Oral 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.

     

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    One of the most popular alternative treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome is exercise, especially yoga. Many people find that exercises that strengthen or stretch the hands and arms can help reduce their symptoms. But be aware that rest is an important part of therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome, and some exercises may worsen the condition; make sure you speak to your doctor before beginning an exercise program. Other relaxation techniques, acupuncture, and ultrasound therapy are sometimes also used, though their effectiveness has yet to be conclusively proven. Vitamin B-6 supplements may also help control symptoms.

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    Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by decreased blood flow in the median nerve.

    Pressure from thick tendon linings or fluid builds up within the carpal tunnel (a tight space containing nine tendons and the median nerve) and compresses the nerve's blood supply.

    To relieve the pressure, a surgeon cuts the transverse carpal ligament, which relieves the pressure. This allows more blood flow to reach the nerve and the nerve fibers can begin healing.
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    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.

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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.

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    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.