Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Options

Product Description

Dr. Matti Palo takes a moment to discuss treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome patients including activity reduction, strength moves, and more.

  • NurseEJ

    Loved the fact that Dr. Palo starts by pointing out the minimally invasive options for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. Taking breaks sounds like a great intervention! This was a great description of how long braces should be tried before moving on to other interventions (physical therapy, injections, etc.).

    • jem1997

      I agree! It’s always nice to see a physician who does not immediately want to give a medication, or do an injection, or do surgery. I like the fact that he really prescribes interventions that are easy (and relatively inexpensive) first.

    • Rebecca

      I know I will try ever single treatment option before even thinking about any invasive measures such as surgery. It is always important to do everything you can before talking to your doctor about surgery. Not only has using a brace helped me significantly, but physical therapy really does help. It is a little expensive but if you have insurance, that usually covers most of it.

  • Michael H

    Very good information. I am wondering what Dr. Palo’s opinion is on other alternate treatments like acupuncture? I have also found that using voice-activated commands on my laptop PC for certain programs has spared my wrists a lot of strain.
    I have found that wearing braces is necessary, but that I need to pay attention to how I treat my wrists when the brace is off is just as important.

  • Joy

    It is a common sense solution to decrease the amount of time spent doing the activities that create the pain and discomfort. I try to limit the amount of time I spend typing and when I do have to type I take several breaks to give myself a rest. Honestly these things work for me much of the time, I just have to be consistent with it.
    Great suggestions in terms of the other options for treating the syndrome, especially the way the video breaks down the options in terms of stages and how one should progress through trying the options out.

    • Rebecca

      Yes that is very true joy. Decreasing how much you perform certain activities that cause the pain will definitely help to reduce the pain. I need to type 8 hours a day for my job and when I don’t take breaks, I experience much more discomfort than when I do take breaks. Sometimes though, just taking breaks doesn’t help as significantly as you hope and a brace will help even more.

    • Isabella Vargas

      Rebecca you make a good point about taking breaks when typing. I am a college student, so typing is my life right now and sometimes I just work through the pain because I am eager to get my work done. However, I do notice that when I stop several times in between and give myself a chance to rest I experience less discomfort than when I do no take breaks. So it may take a little longer to get the work done, but it is really better for me.

    • Isabella Vargas

      You know Joy, I didn’t even realize the video did that until I saw your comment and reviewed the video again. Indeed their is a progression of stages for the options suggested and it is a very reasonable progression that takes someone from the least drastic to the most drastic. Of course, some people may want to jump to medication or surgery right away, but I would prefer to try to manage it more naturally first before moving in those directions.