It is important not to ignore the symptoms of CTS. You can often treat it yourself, but it can take months to get better. Leaving the condition untreated can lengthen recovery time considerably.
REST – Where possible stop any activities which make your symptoms worse. Ask an occupational health advisor how you can modify your work station and/ or the activities that cause the pain.
ICE – Applying an ice pack for 5-10 minutes every 1-2 hours in the early stages of the pain/numbness may help reduce swelling and the pressure on the nerve.
SUPPORT – A wrist splint will help limit movement of your wrist which may help reduce the pain and risk of further swelling.
ELEVATION – Try and keep your wrist elevated to reduce the potential for swelling in your wrist. When you lie down this may mean resting your hand on pillows.
MASSAGE – A Sports Massage Therapist can help to relive the pressure in your carpal tunnel by encouraging the proper flow and drainage of fluids to and from your wrist. They may use Soft Tissue Release (STR) to lengthen and normalize the muscles from your wrist in some cases up to your neck. These muscles often become very tight when performing repetitive tasks, this tension can exacerbated the symptoms of CTS. If your therapist is trained in the use of Kinesiology taping they can also use this to create space in the carpal tunnel and support the soft tissue structures of your wrist. Because the problem may be caused, or made worse, by structures as far up as the neck, your therapist will be keen to address these problems as well as the ones at your wrist. Treating the cause of a problem is always more effective than treating the symptoms alone if the condition is to be resolved.
PHYSIOTHERAPY – Consider seeing a Physiotherapist if other treatment have not improved the symptoms.
CTS can be resolved without invasive procedures, following treatments such as those outlined above has been shown to reduce symptoms effectively if properly followed. It is important to be consistent with treatments for CTS as it may take a number of moths for the issue to resolve.
STEROID INJECTION – A medical professional may suggest a treatment involving a steroid injection to reduce inflammation.
SURGERY – In some cases surgery may be necessary but only after all non-surgical methods have been tried.