6 Solutions for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you’re one of the many people that suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, you know how much it can affect your life. Between sleepless nights due to pain and the inability to hold onto objects, this condition can really throw a wrench into your daily routine.

At Mehling Orthopedics, our mission is to get your symptoms under control, and get you back to your active and fulfilling lifestyle. Dr. Brian Mehling and Dr. Pavel Yufit are skilled orthopedic surgeons who care about your well-being, and offer treatment options that bring you relief.

Carpal tunnel syndrome explained

Carpal tunnel is a painful condition in your wrist that causes numbness and tingling in your hand and fingers. It originates in the carpal tunnel, a narrow canal in your wrist that houses the median nerve. This canal allows the nerve and tendons to connect your forearm to your hand. 

The median nerve allows sensation to your hand and fingers. When the nerve becomes inflamed, it can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

This condition can also cause weakness in the affected wrist and hand, making everyday activities difficult. You may have trouble buttoning a shirt or opening a jar. Your symptoms may start slowly and progress over time, until it’s difficult to sleep at night due to the pain.

There are a variety of causes for carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s commonly an overuse injury in professions that require frequent use of the hands and wrists. This includes any jobs involving a lot of typing or jobs where you use your fingers and wrist repetitively every day. 

Other risk factors for developing carpal tunnel syndrome include:

Injuries to the wrist or hand can also cause damage to the canal, leading to carpal tunnel later on. There are many treatment options out there to help you get rid of the pain for good.

So you’ve got carpal tunnel syndrome -- now what?

If we determine that carpal tunnel is the culprit of your pain, we’ll go over the many treatment options you have. 

Here are 6 of the most common treatments for this condition:

1. Medications

Medications that may be used to decrease pain include anti-inflammatories and pain medications. This is usually one of the initial treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome.

2. Splinting

To prevent further injury to the nerve, we may recommend wrist splints or braces. These devices keep your wrist straight, especially at night, to keep pressure off the nerve.

3. Activity modification

Making small changes in your daily routine may also be beneficial in managing your symptoms. This may include watching your wrist position while typing, or making sure you don’t overextend your wrists throughout the day.

4. Steroid injections

Injections may be necessary if less invasive treatment options have failed. This involves a steroid being injected into the carpal tunnel space to help quickly reduce the inflammation that’s causing the pain.

5. Physical therapy

Along with anti-inflammatory medications and splinting, we may also recommend physical therapy. This teaches you exercises to strengthen your wrist and how to modify certain movements that cause pain or put pressure on the nerve.

6. Regenerative medicine

This treatment can be used to heal your carpal tunnel using your own stem cells. As a result of injecting these resources from your own body, the inflammation and damage starts to heal naturally. Regenerative medicine may be an option for you to consider instead of surgery.

In severe cases where all other treatments have failed or your nerve is badly damaged, surgery may be required to get you the relief you need. 

Which treatment is right for you depends on several factors, including the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome and if other treatments have failed. We’re experienced in treating this condition and will discuss which route is the best for you.

Don’t suffer any longer from the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. Call one of our two convenient offices in West Islip, New York, and Hackensack, New Jersey, to schedule an appointment with one of our staff today.

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