Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Also called median nerve compression. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome presents as a numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. A compression of the median nerve causes a tingling in the thumb, index and middle finger.
There is also a Tunnel of Guyon which compresses the ulnar nerve which causes numbness and tingling to the ring and pinkie finger. These are very common conditions especially with individuals who perform secretarial duties such as typing.
Our Rego Park Queens physical therapists typically have excellent results treating carpal tunnel syndrome with therapies such as active and passive stretching to the wrists and hand; however these conditions will occasionally require surgical intervention.
As with all conditions it’s never a good idea to wait. Get checked as quickly as you can. Our expertly trained physical therapists are here to help get you better. Call 718-866-3738 to see what we can do to help.
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is cause by the median nerve compression often resulting in numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by the pinched nerve in the wrist. Carpal Tunnel syndrome ‘s causes may sometimes be unknown in other cases, the syndrome can be linked to careers involving repetitive motions such as assembly line workers, bakers, short order cooks, hair stylist, and musicians.
If carpal tunnel syndrome is caught and diagnosed early it can be extremely easy to treat. However, ignoring the condition can result in the syndrome getting worse or going away and returning over and over.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you are not sure whether or not you may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome being able to recognize the symptoms of this condition can help. Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include:
- • Pain and tingling or numbness in the palm of the hand, thumb, index or middle fingers.
- • You are experiencing less grip strength
- • Loss of feeling in your fingers
- • Inability to use your thumb to pinch
- • Cramping of your muscles
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Doctor
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be treated by medical professionals who specialize in hand, wrist and arm issues such as an orthopedic surgeon or neurologist. If you suspect you have carpal tunnel syndrome you should begin by seeking a diagnosis from your regular doctor who can also pinpoint the cause of the syndrome and then direct you to the appropriate specialist.
Finding the right carpal tunnel syndrome doctor near you can make receiving treatments for this condition more convenient. The specialist may decide to advise you to attend a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome clinic or seek the additional aid of a physical therapist to get additional carpal tunnel help.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments
There are several different treatments that your doctor may try to help relieve or heal your carpal tunnel syndrome. Some of these treatments may include:
- • Icing the area two or three times an hour
- • Placing your wrist in a warm bath of about 100 degrees Fahrenheit and slowly flexing your hand.
- • Using a wrist brace at night or when having to do activities that trigger flare-ups
- • Taking more breaks from those jobs that require repetitive motions that caused the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- • Steroid shots to reduce the pain for a limited period of time.
- • Physical therapy that stretches and strengthen your hand and wrist muscles. A physical therapist may also be able to show you how to change routine motions to relieve stress on your hands and wrists.
- • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery. In cases where there doesn’t seem to be much healing of the carpal tunnel syndrome within 6 months of treatment, your doctor may recommend carpal tunnel surgery, which requires cutting the ligament around the carpal tunnel to take the pressure off the medial nerve and relieve your symptoms.
Keep in mind that in most cases carpal tunnel syndrome gets cured and doesn’t return so getting prompt treatment for this condition can leave you pain free and able to return to work or those hobbies you love.