Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway surrounded by ligaments and bones located in the wrist, becomes narrowed or tissues surrounding the flexor tendons swell.
This abnormal pressure squeezes and compresses the median nerve, resulting in pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hard. This syndrome is more common in women and older people. Early diagnosis and treatment are pivotal as the condition can worsen over time. If left untreated, this extraordinary pressure on the median nerve may permanently damage the nerve and surrounding muscles. If you begin experiencing symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Phoenix residents should contact our office to schedule an appointment.Schedule Your Appointment
While Carpal Tunnel Syndrome isn’t completely preventable, there are several ways to help reduce your risk of developing it.
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.
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.
Corticosteroid injections decrease inflammation and swelling in the wrist.
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.
Your doctor will review your symptom history and perform a physical examination of your hand and wrist. This typically involves them pressing or tapping the median nerve, examining your range of motion, and testing the sensitivity in your hands and fingertips. They may order a variety of medical tests, such as:
These tests are often used to rule out other potential causes of wrist and hand pain, such as fractures or arthritis.
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