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May 9, 2013

This week I was diagnosed with CTS, in the two hands (doing my home bouldering wall, take care about this...).

So, my doctor (orthopedist) gave me a 30-day treatment with anti-inflamatory pills (naproxen). I'd like to know other climbers experience with CTS and about the treatments that were done, if was able to climb without pain again...

Thank you and regards...
Brito Filho
Joined Mar 12, 2013
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May 29, 2013
Did your Doc recommend wrist braces to wear overnight? These have really worked well for me (and are generally accepted as the first line of therapy) in addition to occasional use of NSAIDs (mainly if it is hurting. There is no evidence to suggest that NSAIDs are effective in CTS when used as a primary treatment.)

I've never tried this, but there are some Yoga postures that can be really helpful as well. See the Journal of the American Medical Association (1998; 208(18):1601) article by Garfinkel et. al.

There are some other proposed treatments like laser, ultrasound, TENS, but no data to support their efficacy.

So, basically, try the wrist splints at night and I think you will be pleased with the results.

Best of luck!

Greg Halliday
From Spanish Fork, UT
Joined Jun 26, 2011
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May 29, 2013
Not sure where you're located Brit-o, but try finding a chiropractic doctor that specializes in applied kinesiology. Dr. Deb Riekeman here locally in Colorado Springs has done excellent work for some of my wife's coworkers having trouble with carpal tunnel.
Others on this forum do not like chiropractors, but Dr. Deb has done wonders with my wife's and my ailments.

Best of luck to you!

+1 to Greg's comments also.
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