Physical therapy can help ease the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Exercises may help ease pressure on the median nerve. They may also be used with other treatments, such as splinting.

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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD  Last Updated: 11/6/2020