Non-invasive treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include using a wrist splint, taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and injecting corticosteroids into the affected area. Surgery is also a viable option for patients suffering from severe and chronic symptoms, states Mayo Clinic.
Wrist splinting involves immobilizing the wrist while the patient is sleeping. This alleviates tingling or loss of sensation that may be experienced at night. Taking NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, may also temporarily ease pain. The intravenous administration of corticosteroids lowers pressure on the median nerve, which in turn reduces swelling and provides symptom relief.
For persistent carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, two types of surgery can be performed to incise the ligament that puts pressure on the median nerve. These options are endoscopic surgery and open surgery. Post-procedural pain from endoscopic surgery is typically minimal compared to open surgery, notes Mayo Clinic.