There are several options for treating carpal tunnel, including conservative treatments such as splints, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory agents, as well as surgery. Because surgery involves permanently cutting the carpal ligament, the patient and physician to should carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages to both treatments before deciding the best course of action.
Treatment may include occupational therapy, use of daily non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications or non-prescription pain medications, wearing splints, or surgery. If surgery is required, the surgeon will relieve compression from the nerve by first making an incision on the inside of the elbow. The entrapped nerve is either partially decompressed or completely released from compression by moving it to the front of the elbow.