While surgery may be required for severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, many cases can be handled at home. Home care for carpal tunnel syndrome is straightforward and can often provide relief for mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Many sufferers find relief by wearing a wrist splint, which can be purchased at most drugstores. The purpose of the splint is to keep the wrist in a neutral position at rest. Splinting is usually tried for a period of four to six weeks. Some people wear their splints at night only and others wear their splints both day and night, depending upon when the symptoms are at their worst.
If no relief is found at four to six weeks, the splints are not likely to help, and it's time to call a doctor.
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