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What is the best treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome?
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Dr. Rohit Keswani
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Splinting
This depends on how severe it is.
If there is excessive pain and findings suggesting severe nerve involvement on emg, you may need surgery. Otherwise routine treatment consist of wearing a hand splint during the day (night if you can tolerate) and anti inflammatory meds. A carpal tunnel steroid injection may help as well. See a physiatrist.

In brief: Splinting
This depends on how severe it is.
If there is excessive pain and findings suggesting severe nerve involvement on emg, you may need surgery. Otherwise routine treatment consist of wearing a hand splint during the day (night if you can tolerate) and anti inflammatory meds. A carpal tunnel steroid injection may help as well. See a physiatrist.
Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Dr. Hallie Robbins
Stretching, relaxation exercises for your hands as well as arms and neck can help. Consider ergonomic factors such as computer keyboard and seating that can contribute to repetitive stress disorders. Check grips of work tools and sports equipment.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
If early in the course and diagnosed.
It is best to use splints, perhaps some steroid injections and observation. If advanced and not help with splints and injections, then the next thing is a release (surgery). This is best treated by someone reputable in surgery for this. A hand surgeon, neurosurgeon or plastic surgeon would usually be consulted and do the surgery.

In brief: Depends
If early in the course and diagnosed.
It is best to use splints, perhaps some steroid injections and observation. If advanced and not help with splints and injections, then the next thing is a release (surgery). This is best treated by someone reputable in surgery for this. A hand surgeon, neurosurgeon or plastic surgeon would usually be consulted and do the surgery.
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Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
Surgery - Hand Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Night splint
Wearing a splint at night can be particularly helpful.
Many people sleep with theirs wrists curled, which raises the pressure in the carpal tunnel. Imagine keeping your wrists bent for hours - this is what can happen when we sleep. Wearing a splint at night holding your wrist straight is often very helpful in early carpal tunnel. Once splint wear is not effective, the condition may require surgery.

In brief: Night splint
Wearing a splint at night can be particularly helpful.
Many people sleep with theirs wrists curled, which raises the pressure in the carpal tunnel. Imagine keeping your wrists bent for hours - this is what can happen when we sleep. Wearing a splint at night holding your wrist straight is often very helpful in early carpal tunnel. Once splint wear is not effective, the condition may require surgery.
Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
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Randy Burgett
General Practice
3 doctors agree
In brief: Splint, NSAIDS
Carpal tunnel is usually treated with a splint and nsaids (i.
e. Ibuprofen). You may need to make some modifications to work and recreational activities (frequent typing on a keyboard is commonly associated with carpal tunnel). Surgery to cut the ligament pressing on the nerve is also an option that is pretty successful.

In brief: Splint, NSAIDS
Carpal tunnel is usually treated with a splint and nsaids (i.
e. Ibuprofen). You may need to make some modifications to work and recreational activities (frequent typing on a keyboard is commonly associated with carpal tunnel). Surgery to cut the ligament pressing on the nerve is also an option that is pretty successful.
Randy Burgett
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Carpal tunnel
Treatment for carpal tunnel can range from conservative to surgical.
Antiinflammatory medication, splints to start. Injections in the wrist. Nerve studies and at times surgery. Carpal tunnel release can be done open or endoscopic. A hand surgeon can help but the questions to ask are is there potential damage if i wait and can conservative treament work ., .

In brief: Carpal tunnel
Treatment for carpal tunnel can range from conservative to surgical.
Antiinflammatory medication, splints to start. Injections in the wrist. Nerve studies and at times surgery. Carpal tunnel release can be done open or endoscopic. A hand surgeon can help but the questions to ask are is there potential damage if i wait and can conservative treament work ., .
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Dr. Michael Raemisch
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Surgery
It seems that only mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome get better without surgery.
The main treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome without surgery is wearing a wrist brace at night. It is also important to make sure other medical problems such as diabetes and hypothyroidism are managed. If these strategies fail, then surgery fixes the problem.

In brief: Surgery
It seems that only mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome get better without surgery.
The main treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome without surgery is wearing a wrist brace at night. It is also important to make sure other medical problems such as diabetes and hypothyroidism are managed. If these strategies fail, then surgery fixes the problem.
Dr. Michael Raemisch
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Dr. Michael Aron
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It depends on the se
Mild carpal tunel can be well controlled with braces or a cortisone injectioo.
As symptoms worsen surgery may be necessary.

In brief: It depends on the se
Mild carpal tunel can be well controlled with braces or a cortisone injectioo.
As symptoms worsen surgery may be necessary.
Dr. Michael Aron
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
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In brief: Dupuytrens na
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Dr. Jeffrey Visotsky
Needle treatment is not for carpal tunnel syndrome Treatment got cts would be brace anti inflammatory and possible injection . Itreatments
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
In brief: Treatment carpal
Treatment for carpal tunnel can range from conservative to surgical.
Antiinflammatory medication, splints to start. Injections in the wrist. Nerve studies and posbily surgery. Carpal tunnel release can be done open or endoscopic. A hand surgeon can help. http://www.handctr.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html.

In brief: Treatment carpal
Treatment for carpal tunnel can range from conservative to surgical.
Antiinflammatory medication, splints to start. Injections in the wrist. Nerve studies and posbily surgery. Carpal tunnel release can be done open or endoscopic. A hand surgeon can help. http://www.handctr.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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