FOR MILD COMPLAINTS OR THE BEGINNINGS OF CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME (CTS)
Early-stage CTS can be treated effectively with physiotherapy. By doing various exercises, you can improve your symptoms or even make them disappear completely. If your CTS has been caused by specific events, such as heavy manual work, an accident at work, pregnancy, etc., then these conservative treatments can cause it to completely regress. You can also take oral anti-inflammatories to ease your symptoms. Cryotherapy (cold therapy) is another effective method to ease acute pain. Carpal tunnel splints (available from orthopaedic shops) can be worn at night to significantly improve or even eliminate night pain.
- Corticosteroid injections are also an option, though I usually advise my patients against it. The effects are only short-lasting.
- If you’re pregnant, you should always wait – in most cases, the symptoms will go away on their own.
If the symptoms persist for months or even years, the CTS will no longer regress on its own. Rather, the symptoms will increase over time. In this case, surgery is the recommended treatment.