The Signs and Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome Most of us have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, which is often simply called “carpal tunnel.” It happens when the median nerve that travels through your wrist in the carpal tunnel and is responsible for motor function in your hands becomes compressed or irritated. However, you might not be familiar with all the symptoms of this condition.

Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The most obvious signs of carpal tunnel are often pain or numbness in the hands. It can sometimes feel like you have pins and needles in your hands or fingers. This might be accompanied by weakness, especially when you attempt to grip something. You might not realize that swelling fingers or burning or tingling sensations can also be signs of carpal tunnel.

Other Things to Know About Carpal Tunnel

Some people’s wrists naturally form in a way that causes carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms may appear after inflammation, such as that caused by rheumatoid arthritis, that irritates the median nerve. You may also develop carpal tunnel after repetitive motions, prolonged periods of extending or flexing the wrist, or injuring your wrist. Conditions such as type II diabetes or hormonal imbalance can also play a role in carpal tunnel syndrome.

Did you know that women get caporal tunnel syndrome three times as frequently as men? Women’s smaller wrists may be one reason for this, while osteoarthritis can also contribute. Symptoms can first appear during pregnancy and may disappear after childbirth. However, this is not always the case. Developing carpal tunnel during pregnancy also increases your risk of developing it later.

Carpal Tunnel Treatment Options

If you have untreated carpal tunnel, the symptoms can worsen over time. Non-surgical treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome exist, and some may experience relief by wearing a wrist splint or brace. Anti-inflammatory medication can also relieve symptoms of carpal tunnel, while heat and ice therapy may work well for some carpal tunnel patients.

One effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is injections, which can reduce pain for longer than over-the-counter medications and does not require extensive inpatient treatment like surgery.

Find Relief for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you believe you have carpal tunnel or require treatment for the condition, The Pain Experts of Arizona can help! Call us at 480-550-9393 today or reach out to us through our online form.


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