Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated both conservatively and by surgery. For success in treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and preventing damage of median nerve, early diagnosis is very helpful.
Conservative approach of treatment is most helpful in patients with mild carpal tunnel syndrome. If there is no relief with conservative treatment or the symptoms are severe, surgery may be the ideal solution.
Nonsurgical therapy (conservative approach)
CTS in early stages can be treated with nonsurgical methods. Conservative approach for treatment of CTS includes:
If carpal tunnel syndrome is caused because of an inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, treatment of the underlying condition may relieve symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Aim of carpal tunnel surgery is to relieve pressure on the median nerve. It is done by cutting the ligament pressing on the nerve. During recovery after the surgery, the ligament tissues gradually grow back together. But there is more room for the nerve than before. Surgery for CTS may be done by different ways.
After the surgery, you will be advised to start using your hand gradually, and work it back to normal use. Any forceful hand motions or extreme positions of the wrist should be avoided. Some people may feel soreness or weakness, for several weeks to as long as a few months, after the surgery. People with severe symptoms before surgery may not get complete relief after surgery.
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