There are many treatments available for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). If the hand numbness and tingling symptoms come and go, non-operative treatment is appropriate. People who have severe carpal tunnel syndrome should be evaluated by a hand surgeon. Constant numbness in the hand and loss of muscle tone at the base of the thumb are signs of nerve damage and severe CTS. Surgery is the best way to prevent the nerve from being damaged. If people wait too long before having surgery, some of the hand numbness and weakness can be permanent.
Not all hand pain, numbness, and tingling are caused by CTS. If the symptoms are getting worse or not responding to treatment, a hand specialist should be consulted sooner rather than later.
The recommendations below are intended for Raleigh Hand to Shoulder patients with mild to moderate CTS symptoms. There are some things we can’t change about our health, such as our family history, age and hand anatomy. However, there are many things that we can modify to improve our health.
Helpful treatments other than surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome:
— Wearing a wrist brace at night
— Hand and wrist stretching exercises
— Hand Therapy
— Smoking cessation
— Steroid injection
Treatments which are NOT helpful for carpal tunnel syndrome:
— Magnet therapy
— Laser therapy
— Long-term use of oral NSAIDs
— Expensive custom braces
— Most products on the internet claiming to be a cure for carpal tunnel syndrome