HOW WE CAN HELP YOU?
If you are currently suffering from pain associated with Carpal Tunnel and would like to know what your options are come in and make an appointment to see us at Dr. Jennifer McMonigle Medical PC of Smithtown, NY. We’ll get to the bottom of what may have caused the problem and work with you to develop a pain relief plan going forward so you can get on with your normal life and activities.
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS OF CARPAL TUNNEL?
You may associate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with tasks like typing but the reality is that many repetitive motions or other medical conditions can contribute to this painful condition. If you’re suffering from Carpal Tunnel you may have experienced the feeling of pins and needles in different parts of your hand, fingers, and wrist. You may be surprised to find out there are various risk factors for Carpal Tunnel that can include genetic predisposition, wrist injury, overuse and repetitive motions associated with work, and rheumatoid arthritis among others. Given how often we use our hands for everyday activities, finding relief from this condition is critical to improving quality of life.
WHAT IS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a fairly common disorder that occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is pinched or compressed. The name itself comes from the ‘tunnel’ or passageway, called the Carpal Tunnel, created by bones and ligaments that surround the nerves in this wrist area. Being quite a small space, when inflammation, swelling or injury occur, everything within this tunnel can become compressed and this is when someone might begin to experience symptomatic pain in their hands and wrist.
While the symptoms can begin as an uncomfortable numbness, overtime it may progress to more serious issues that result in loss of movement or range of motion in the thumb and first to third digits of the hand. If left untreated, the compressed nerve can affect the quality of the muscles in the hand.
HOW TO TREAT CARPAL TUNNEL?
The first step in treating Carpal Tunnel is to make sure the correct diagnosis is made. Your doctor will ask about the type of pain you are experiencing and also take a look at the afflicted area in a clinical setting. While the symptoms might definitively point to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome it might also be appropriate to do blood tests to determine if there is another underlying condition contributing to your Carpal Tunnel (for example diabetes, thyroid disease, or arthritis). Sometimes an x-ray or ultrasound may be used to determine if there is further evidence of injury that must be addressed.
In terms of the treatment options for Carpal Tunnel, once a diagnosis is made, you’ll be able to confer with your doctor about the best way to go forward. The management of this disorder is very much dependent on the cause. Possible treatments may include rest, physical therapy, behavior modification to avoid repetitive injury, wrist splints, anti-inflammatory medications, Vitamin B6, steroid injection, or surgery. Thankfully, the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is generally very effective.