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Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment the Same for Everyone?

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nasty problem in the hands and wrists where the carpal tunnel actually puts pressure on the median nerve, causing a lot of pain and numbness to the hands and wrists. It can be very painful and debilitating. However, there are some great treatments available today for those who are dealing with this problem. Wondering if carpal tunnel syndrome treatment is the same for everyone? Well, actually you'll find that the treatments can vary, and usually they vary depending on the severity of the problem that you have. Most doctors start out conservative with the treatment and then work up to more aggressive treatments if the problem does not respond to the more conservative treatments.

Mild Carpal Tunnel Treatments

There are a variety of different treatments that are available if you have mild carpal tunnel syndrome. Here are a few of them that you may want to try yourself.

  • NSAIDS - NSAIDs, or Non Steriodal Anti Inflammatory drugs, are often used to help treat problems with mild carpal tunnel. These drugs include Advil and Motrin and they help to decrease the amount of inflammation in the carpal tunnel, which can help to get rid of the symptoms that are occurring. They are available over the counter.
  • Wrist Braces - Often wrist braces are also used to help treat the problems with mild carpal tunnel as well. They help to provide the support that the wrist needs and can keep the wrist in a position where it is causing the least problem. It keeps the wrist from compressing the nerve and should be worn during the day and especially at night.
  • Cold Compresses - Cold compresses are also another great treatment that can provide some help for people with a mild case of carpal tunnel. The cold helps to reduce the swelling that causes the problem.

Treatments for More Severe Carpal Tunnel

If the treatments for mild carpal tunnel don't work, then you may need to go a step up to more radical treatments. The next step in treatment usually is a cortisone injection which is given to the carpal tunnel area. It helps to decrease the amount of inflammation in the area which takes the pressure of the nerve. Although this is an option that works for many people, it cannot be used on a regular basis. Also, it's important to note that this treatment usually only provides temporary relief for the problem.

When Other Treatments Don't Work

Of course when other treatments don't work for carpal tunnel syndrome treatment, you may have to go with treatments that are more drastic. Surgery is a treatment that may be right for some people who have no results with the other treatments that are available. Carpal tunnel releases can be done surgically and they are usually quite simple as well. Usually this is a surgery that only ends up taking about 15 minutes and it is usually very effective.