Carpal Tunnel Treatment

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist.

Symptoms

  • Tingling, burning, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers
  • Sometimes fingers may feel swollen
  • Discomfort in the hand and wrist while sleeping at night
  • Decreased grip strength

May be caused by

  • Repeated use of vibrating hand tools
  • repetitive motions
  • obstructed blood flow
  • fluid retention during pregnancy
  • a cyst in the wrist canal

Treatment

  • Performing tasks requiring forceful wrist bending should be discontinued.
  • Cock-up splints help to relieve night pain and take pressure off the nerve for a limited time.
  • Local corticosteroid injections can bring temporary relief.

If symptoms continue or progress, surgical decompression of the median nerve at the wrist may be required.

If you are having carpal tunnel pains, please contact Dr. Brian for an appointment here.

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