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Are there alternatives to surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

By Anonymous August 9, 2009 - 8:44am
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Is there anything people can do that have BAD carpal tunnel syndrome and do not want to get surgery?

My good friend is a social worker and has to hand write things most of the day. Even using a computer is painful. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Hi Melissa!

There are definitely alternatives to surgery although bear in mind that there's the chance your friend may end up contemplating surgery. Sometimes it's necessary.

But in the hope that it is not - here are some tips from our Carpal Tunnel page:

Treatment may include:

Rest, Ice, Elevation, and Exercises
◦Rest the wrist by keeping it straight and decreasing activities that worsen pain
◦Gently apply ice packs to the area
◦Elevate the hand above the heart to reduce swelling
◦Do exercises as directed by your healthcare provider
A Wrist Splint
A splint will prevent extreme movements of the wrist. It's most effective when worn at night and can help avoid waking up with symptoms.

◦Pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen
◦Injection of cortisone into the carpal tunnel
Surgery may be needed if symptoms are severe or continue after trying other treatments. The most common procedure is the carpal tunnel release .

Also, have your friend read our shares and asks threads regarding this condition as it may help her. I wrote a piece on it a while back (as it happens!!) so here it is, along with the helpful responses: http://www.empowher.com/community/share/blackberry-thumb-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-and-other-modern-inconvieniences

Here's news release on a method called cupping : http://www.empowher.com/news/2009/07/10/carpal-tunnel-relief-cup

and one about getting a shot of a corticosteroid medication to ease the pain : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/carpal-tunnel-injection

I hope this helps your friend and that she can avoid surgery!

August 10, 2009 - 12:00pm
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