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How can I manage carpal tunnel syndrome while pregnant?
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
13 doctors agree
In brief: Wrist guards
Avoid activites which involve using your hands or if you must use your hands try and minimize the amount.
Wear wrist guards at night while you sleep. Usually the symptoms get better after delivery.

In brief: Wrist guards
Avoid activites which involve using your hands or if you must use your hands try and minimize the amount.
Wear wrist guards at night while you sleep. Usually the symptoms get better after delivery.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Barry Callahan
Also if you are losing sleep due to night symptoms you can get a carpal tunnel injection. It's safe for the fetus and can give you a lot of relief. Good luck and God bless.
Dr. Hill Hastings
i agree. Control swelling by use of edema glove if there is swelling. The pressure in the carpal tunnel goes up with the wrist in flexion, so a splint to hold the wrist straight can help.
Dr. Gary Pess
Surgery - Hand Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Wrist splint
A simple wrist splint for sleeping can help tremendously.
If no relief, a cortisone shot in the 3rd trimester will help. Rarely ct surgery is necessary to relief intractable pain.

In brief: Wrist splint
A simple wrist splint for sleeping can help tremendously.
If no relief, a cortisone shot in the 3rd trimester will help. Rarely ct surgery is necessary to relief intractable pain.
Dr. Gary Pess
Dr. Gary Pess
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
NSAIDs like Ibuprofen while commonly used to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, should be AVOIDED in Pregnancy. They can increase the risk of prgnancy complications. See a hand surgeon for treatment.
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Physical Therapy
The carpel tunnel syndrome of pregnancy has a lot to do with weight gain and water 'retention'.
Techniques to improve circulation through massage, motion and breathing can be helpful. Laser therapy for cts is safe in pregnancy too. Avoid aggravating activities, and sleep with wrist support.

In brief: Physical Therapy
The carpel tunnel syndrome of pregnancy has a lot to do with weight gain and water 'retention'.
Techniques to improve circulation through massage, motion and breathing can be helpful. Laser therapy for cts is safe in pregnancy too. Avoid aggravating activities, and sleep with wrist support.
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Splint first
The single most early effective thing to do os to wear a well fitting wrist splint at night ( not too tight!) using antiinflammatories helps but taken with food and try to take if ok with your obgyn and it dies not upset your stomach or cause other health issues.
And cleared by your OB gym a hand surgeon may be able to offer an injection which can elevate blood sugar a bit so get clearance.

In brief: Splint first
The single most early effective thing to do os to wear a well fitting wrist splint at night ( not too tight!) using antiinflammatories helps but taken with food and try to take if ok with your obgyn and it dies not upset your stomach or cause other health issues.
And cleared by your OB gym a hand surgeon may be able to offer an injection which can elevate blood sugar a bit so get clearance.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Consider nerve block
While median nerve block (an injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid in the vicinity of the compressed nerve) is frowned upon in general, it is actually quite helpful in the setting of pregnancy, offering quick relief with minimal side effects.
The concern is that they are a temporary fix, but given that the carpal tunnel often resolves with delivery, this is not an issue.

In brief: Consider nerve block
While median nerve block (an injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid in the vicinity of the compressed nerve) is frowned upon in general, it is actually quite helpful in the setting of pregnancy, offering quick relief with minimal side effects.
The concern is that they are a temporary fix, but given that the carpal tunnel often resolves with delivery, this is not an issue.
Dr. Julian Bragg
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Pregnancy
In pregnancy the typical conservative management with nsaids cannot be used as they pose a risk to the baby.
Splints can help and a steroid injection can be employed instead.

In brief: Pregnancy
In pregnancy the typical conservative management with nsaids cannot be used as they pose a risk to the baby.
Splints can help and a steroid injection can be employed instead.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
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