After a ganglion has been diagnosed, home treatment includes:
- Wearing a wrist or finger splint off and on for several weeks. This limits movement of the wrist or hand, which helps reduce the fluid that collects within the ganglion sac. This may be all that is needed for the ganglion to shrink and disappear on its own. Do not put the splint on too tight because it can affect the blood supply to the wrist and hand. Signs that the splint is too tight include numbness, tingling, increased pain, or coolness in the hand. Constantly wearing a splint for more than a few days may also cause muscle wasting, known as atrophy.
- Massaging the ganglion. Rubbing the ganglion gently but often may help move the fluid out of the sac. Do not smash a ganglion with a book or other heavy object. You may break a bone or otherwise injure your wrist by trying this folk remedy, and the ganglion may return anyway.