Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed. Mild pain and weakness associated with carpal tunnel syndrome can benefit from conservative treatments. If you have advanced carpal tunnel syndrome, an orthopaedic surgeon may recommend a carpal tunnel release surgery. While you’re awaiting your appointment with the orthopaedic doctor, you can manage your pain at home.
Take a break from activities that require repetitive wrist and hand movements. When you do use your hands, keep your wrists in a neutral position. Consider getting an ergonomic computer mouse designed for people with carpal tunnel syndrome. Apply a heating pad several times per day, and wear a wrist splint for extra support.
The orthopaedic doctors at the Joliet location of MK Orthopaedics specialize in treating patients with carpal tunnel syndrome . Call (815) 741-6900 to request an appointment to discuss the nonsurgical and surgical treatment options that might be right for you.