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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Phoenix, AZ

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

  • Numbness, tingling, burning, and pain primarily in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers
  • Weakness, numbness, or a lack of awareness of where the hand is in space causes you to drop things
  • Pain and tingling sensation beginning in the wrist and traveling up your arm
  • Limited range of motion
  • An occasional shock-like sensation

Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

1. Reduce Risk

While Carpal Tunnel Syndrome isn’t completely preventable, there are several ways to help reduce your risk of developing it.

  • Take frequent breaks: Alternate repetitive tasks and stretch your hands and wrists whenever possible.
  • Maintain proper posture: Poor posture increases your risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Ergonomic keyboards and mice encourage proper wrist posture, and ergonomic chairs help you maintain proper posture while sitting.

2. Wear a wrist splint

Wearing a snug wrist splint stabilizes your wrist and minimizes the pressure placed on your median nerve. You can purchase one at most drug stores, and your doctor may prescribe one.

3. Medication

Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen, can help relieve your pain. Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications such as corticosteroids, anticonvulsants, or anesthetics. Products containing lidocaine may relieve symptoms.

4. Corticosteroid Injections

Corticosteroid injections decrease inflammation and swelling in the wrist.

5. Surgery

If your symptoms do not respond to non-surgical treatment or worsen, your doctor may recommend surgery to relieve the pressure on your median nerve.

FACTS

About 3-6% of adults live with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It is potentially the most common nerve disorder. It can be treated effectively using medications, splinting, and surgery. Typically it only affects one hand but can simultaneously affect both hands.

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