Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Overview
First steps to consider
- Mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome can sometimes be treated at home.
- Try changing activities that are contributing to it, wearing a wrist splint, and taking OTC pain medications.
When you may need a provider
- You still have symptoms after 6 weeks of home treatment.
- You have serious symptoms like weakness in the hand and fingers, wasting of the thumb muscles in the palm of the hand, or difficulty with fine motor tasks
- You may need to see a provider in person for a physical exam.
Call 911 or go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Severe pain and swelling
- Numbness and tingling in the fingers
- Weakness of the fingers (especially after a fall or other trauma to the hand and wrist)
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