Dr. Rohde explains the treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome’s treatment depends on, first of all, on the etiology of the carpal tunnel syndrome. So if someone has an underlying condition like diabetes or thyroid problems, then obviously that’s treated or addressed first.
In terms of treating the symptoms, the spectrum ranges anywhere from splinting, either just at night or during the day, to steroid injections which can be very effective if there is a short-term reason why someone has the symptoms, like the third trimester of pregnancy. A lot of women tend to get carpal tunnel syndrome when they are in their third trimester, and a steroid injection generally can help that.
The final treatment and really the definitive treatment is carpal tunnel release, which is surgical.
About Dr. Rohde, M.D.:
Dr. Rachel S. Rohde, M.D., is an Orthopaedic Upper Extremity Surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Rohde received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completed her residency at the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center and performed her fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery-Weill Cornell Medical College.
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