Active Joints Orthopedics
Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Englewood, NJ
Numbness, tingling, and shooting pain in your hand and arm are signs that you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon David N. Feldman, MD, and the team at Active Joints Orthopedics in Englewood, New Jersey, offer the latest treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome, including a full range of injection therapies. If you think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, call or book an appointment online today.
Carpal Tunnel Q & A
What is the carpal tunnel?
The carpal tunnel is a slim passageway in your wrist that’s formed by small wrist bones (carpals) on the bottom and sides. A strong band of tissue called the transverse carpal ligament covers the roof of the tunnel. These rigid boundaries keep the carpal tunnel from stretching very much.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when inflammation puts pressure on the median nerve, which runs through the carpal tunnel. The median nerve provides sensation to your thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers.
A combination of factors may cause swelling in the wrist that results in abnormal pressure on the median nerve. Risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Being born with a smaller carpal tunnel
- Nerve-damaging conditions, like diabetes
- Inflammatory conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis
Having a job or hobby that requires working with vibrating equipment or repetitive wrist flexion may also increase your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome typically begin gradually and may come and go at first. Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms may include:
- Numbness, tingling, and pain in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers
- Shock-like sensations that radiate to your fingers or up your forearm
- Weakness in the hand that may cause you to drop things
As carpal tunnel syndrome progresses, the symptoms may increase in frequency and severity. The pain may be so intense that it wakes you from sleep.
How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed and treated?
First, your provider at Active Joints Orthopedics carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history. They perform a physical exam and test the feeling and strength in your fingers and hands. They may also take an on-site digital X-ray or a nerve conduction study.
With an early diagnosis, many patients find relief from carpal tunnel syndrome without surgery. The team at Active Joints Orthopedics may recommend one or more of the following nonsurgical treatments:
- Wearing a splint or brace
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medicines
- Steroid injections
If your condition is severe or doesn’t improve with treatment, the team at Active Joints Orthopedics may recommend surgery. Dr. Feldman performs a procedure called carpal tunnel release to relieve pressure on the median nerve.
Don’t delay in seeking treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome — call Active Joints Orthopedics or book an appointment online today.
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