Median Nerve Compression Treatment
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome may include rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and wrist splints. The wrist splints hold the wrist in a normal position, which reduces the irritation to the median nerve. Severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are treated with surgery. During surgery, a ligament in the wrist is cut, which relieves pressure against the nerve. The procedure can be performed as an outpatient. Surgery improves symptoms in about 80 percent of those who have moderate to severe carpal tunnel syndrome.
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome may include:
- Rest the arm:
- Improve the wrist position at the computer workstation.
- Avoid activities that make the symptoms worse.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Flurbiprofen (Ansaid)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Carpal tunnel wrist splints:
- Hold the wrists in proper position and alignment
- Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome
- Releases pressure on the median nerve in the wrist
Median Nerve Compression Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Median Nerve Compression Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat carpal tunnel syndrome:
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