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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (cont.)

Other Carpal Tunnel Therapy

Physical therapy can be particularly useful after carpal tunnel surgery. Therapy can reduce swelling, stiffness, and pain after surgery. Therapy can also help to restore strength after surgery. Not everyone needs therapy after surgery, but for some, it can be very helpful.

Follow-up for Carpal Tunnel

  • Wear your wrist splint, and take all medications as directed.
  • Keep any return appointments, even if you feel better, so your doctor can monitor your progress and make changes to your treatment plan if necessary.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Prevention

Avoiding smoking, maintaining an appropriate weight, and regularly exercising may help prevent the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Modification of workstations, keyboards, and tools has been attempted to try to prevent the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Whether these ergonomic interventions help is unknown. Appropriate treatment of wrist arthritis, when present, can prevent or treat carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Prognosis

  • The prognosis for carpal tunnel syndrome is very good.
  • Mild cases can respond to nonsurgical care, such as bracing and steroid injection.
  • Advanced cases can be treated very effectively with surgery.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/18/2016

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