The treatment objective with any carpal tunnel treatment is to be able to resume usual daily routines and activities, particularly those that involve the hands. Another goal will be to treat other underlying conditions that may have caused the worsening of the injury.
To do the above mentioned objective, it is the inflammation of the nerve that should be given focus, first and foremost. This will also show what the underlying cause of the CT syndrome is. After which, the afflicted person will know which activities and routines are better left avoided or done differently to keep away from any hand injuries.
It is the severity of the injury that determines what treatment is best employed. It is divided into two categories, the surgical and non-surgical methods.
Non-Surgical Methods of Carpal Tunnel Treatment
These methods are most commonly prescribed for the milder cases of carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Determining if the symptoms being experienced are indicating any other medical conditions that may not be CTS and modifying the current mode of treatment used to suit the condition appropriately.
- Modifying any routine or physical activities that may cause CTS or result to further damage of an already existing hand injury. Since some activities may not be totally avoided altogether, occasional breaks from prolonged stressful hand-involving tasks can be the best option.
- Employing hand/wrist braces and splints for support.
- The use of Light Therapy for pain relief and reduction of swelling.
- Performing hand exercises such as stretching and bending to improve muscle strength.
- Making sure not to over use the body so as to avoid any future injuries.
Surgical Methods of CTS:
When non-surgical methods of treatment do not take effect, surgical methods are recommended by orthopedic doctors to treat CTS. Although most Carpal Tunnel surgeries come out to be successful, some of the symptoms of a long-term case of CTS may not be totally eliminated as permanent nerve damage has already been acquired.
There are two types of surgery:
1. Carpal Tunnel Open Release.
This the older form of surgical procedure that is done by making a cut in the affected area that is 2 inches long and making a ligature of the damaged ligament. This makes the carpal tunnel less congested, correcting the compression of the median nerve that is causing much of the annoying symptoms. This is an outpatient basis operation, except if there are other abnormal conditions that should be considered.
2. Carpal Tunnel Endoscopic Release.
What makes this form of treatment interesting is the use of camera that is inserted in the carpal tunnel for a more accurate view of the area while performing the necessary surgical corrections. This procedure makes smaller incisions in the site of surgery and promises benefits such as quicker recuperation and less pain to be felt after the surgery.