There are a few ways in which you can relieve the symptoms of CTS without the need for surgery. These include the use of splints, rest, injections and stretches and medications. You might find a combination of these will be the most effective.
As an occupational therapist, I commonly prescribe splints as one way to treat the symptoms as it allows the wrist to be rested even when the arm is being used in daily activities. Splints that support the wrist in a neutral or slightly extended position, but allow the fingers to work, are efficient and effective. They can be used during the day and at night to maintain the wrist in a comfortable position.
Avoiding/reducing activities that overuse the wrist or place a lot of pressure on the wrist is another way of treating the problem. If you are frequently involved in activities that cause compression on the median nerve through constant wrist flexion or excessive extension, then the use of a splint can help, but also look at having frequent rest breaks from the activity and do some stretches.
Remember, you can't ‘push through’ carpal tunnel so seeing a health professional, such as an occupational therapist and doctor, will help you find relief for those symptoms.
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