What Is the Treatment for CTS?
Initial Carpal Tunnel Syndrome therapy includes:
- Resting the affected hand and wrist.
- Avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms.
- Immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending.
- Applying cool packs to help reduce swelling from inflammation.
Some medications can help with pain control and inflammation. Studies have shown that vitamin B6 supplements may relieve CTS symptoms.
Joint manipulation and mobilization of the wrist and hand, stretching and strengthening exercises, soft-tissue mobilization techniques, and even yoga can be helpful. Studies have also shown that other therapies, such as acupuncture, may help treat and manage symptoms of this disorder.
Occasionally, patients whose symptoms fail to respond to conservative care may require surgery. The surgeon will release the ligament covering the carpal tunnel. Guidance on posture and movement, as instructed by your IPM provider, can also help prevent CTS recurrences.