Carpal Tunnel Release
Nonsurgical treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome include wearing a brace or splint, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, activity changes, nerve gliding exercises or steroid injections. However, for severe cases, surgery is necessary to relieve pressure on the median nerve by cutting the ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel. This increases the size of the tunnel and decreases pressure on the median nerve.
Elevate your hand above your heart and move fingers to reduce swelling. Grip and pinch strength will return within two to three months. You may need to wear a splint or wrist brace for several weeks.