Mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome can be successfully treated with the use of a wrist splint or brace. These provide additional support to the affected area, which can reduce inflammation and aid healing.
Taking over-the-counter analgesics such as NSAIDs can help relieve the pain and swelling that is associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. In people who have not had success with these conservative measures, oral diuretics can sometimes help. These reduce fluid retention, which reduces pressure on the median nerve.
Corticosteroid injections have provided relief to many people who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. These injections reduce pain and swelling, often for long periods of time. One in three people who have had carpal tunnel syndrome, treated with corticosteroids, reports relief without any further treatment.
When the treatments above are not successful, many individuals consider surgery. Surgery can be performed either through open surgery methods or through endoscopic methods. These surgeries are designed to relieve pressure on the median nerve when other treatments are not effective. Surgery is considered a last resort.