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CARPAL TUNNEL TREATMEMT

Non surgical treatment of carpal tunnel may include the use of splints or braces, anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections.

In the early stages of carpal tunnel, wearing a night splint is usually the first treatment. The splint keeps the wrist in a neutral position during sleep minimizing pressure on the median nerve. The splint can also be effectively used during the day.

Injecting the carpal canal with a steroid such as cortisone may provide relief, which can last up to 6 months and sometimes longer. It should only be done by an expert, however because injecting the nerve is a known complication of the technique.

Iontophoresis is a newer way to get cortisone medication into the carpal tunnel. An electrical current is used to move the molecules of the medication through the skin into the canal. The technique is less painful than injection, but may not be as effective for some people.