What can you do about carpal tunnel syndrome?

Have you noticed a tingling in your hand and fingers, or maybe a numb feeling? It may be just annoying at first, but then it starts happening all the time, eventually affecting how you live and work. It may be carpal tunnel syndrome – here is some more information on this condition and how Specialty Orthopaedics can help you to find relief. 

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

The “carpal tunnel” is on the palm side of the hand where the median nerve runs through. This nerve can become compressed, causing pain, numbness, tingling, and a burning sensation. This pain may spread from the hand to the forearm and shoulder. Eventually, the patient may notice weakness and clumsiness in the hand. 

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Most people have heard that repetitive wrist motions, such as working at a computer all day, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, but there are other risk factors. These include the features of your wrist and hand – a carpal tunnel that is too small can increase the risk that pressure will be placed on the nerve. Medical issues such as nerve problems, inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, and thyroid disorders can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Women, patients who are obese, and people on certain medications may also be at increased risk. Even sleeping with your wrist bent can cause carpal tunnel symptoms during the day. 

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with surgery as a last resort and if symptoms are very severe. However, less-invasive approaches will be recommended first. Your doctor will probably first recommend wearing a brace or splint to reduce pressure on the nerve, an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen to relieve pain, steroid injections to reduce inflammation, and/or exercises that will help the nerve to move around more freely within the carpal tunnel. 

If you have noticed pain, weakness, or numbness in your hand, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. Specialty Orthopaedics in Harrison, New York, can diagnose your problem and then give you options to feel better. Schedule a consultation today, by calling 914-686-0111!

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