Carpal tunnel syndrome affects both men and women ages 40 – 60 years old, though women tend to be affected more often. There are a number of risk factors that may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome including hormonal changes, inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, and work place factors, such as prolonged or repetitive flexing of the wrist.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive condition stemming from a pinched median nerve, which is located in the wrist and responsible for supplying feeling and movement to the hand. There is a space in your wrist called the carpal tunnel where the median nerve and nine other tendons pass from the forearm to the hand. When swelling is present, it puts pressure on the nerve causing the pinched nerve. This nerve damage can lead to numbness, tingling sensation, radiating pain, or sense of weakness.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
There are many reasons why a carpal tunnel will swell and put pressure on the median nerve. The main reason we see is median nerve becomes inflamed after being aggravated by repetitive movements of the wrist. This repetitive movement can be anything including typing, talking on the phone, texting, playing the piano, painting or anything that requires long-term repetitive motion of your wrist. There are a few diseases and conditions that a person can have that will increase the risk of getting carpal tunnel syndrome. These include having suffered a broken or dislocated wrist, pregnancy, thyroid problems, obesity, arthritis and menopause.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome will most likely gradually increase over time. Most people report noticing the symptoms at night time. The pain associated with it can range from moderate to severe. Symptoms are often felt in the palm of the hands and along the fingers. They include burning, tingling or numbness especially in the thumb, index and middle finger. These feelings may become so severe that you may not be able to hold things or you find yourself dropping even light objects because you struggle to grasp things. Making a fist will be virtually impossible.
Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome varies based on the specific patient and their condition. Our goal is to treat your wrists so that you can find relief from your pain and avoid surgery. Orthotics, such as a wrist splint or brace may be helpful. They work by immobilizing the wrist in a splint to lessen or take pressure off the nerve. We also offer injections to help reduce the pain, numbness. Injections are extremely successful and are recommended before a patient resorts to surgery. They are a low cost and low risk option that can help many people. For a lot of cases, surgery may be the only way to find relief.
Schedule A Consultation
If you suffering from pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, contact KureSmart Pain Management and schedule a consultation. We will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the best treatment to help you find relief from your pain. We accept most health insurance as well as workers compensation and auto accidents.