Carpal Tunnel


 

CARPAL TUNNEL

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As one of the most common causes of hand, wrist, and lower arm pain, carpal tunnel can quickly make it difficult to perform your daily tasks. Before your carpal tunnel worsens, get started on your personalized treatment plan at one of Spinetech’s state-of-the-art locations in Beaumont, Conroe, Nederland, or Houston, Texas. You can either click on the online scheduler to book an appointment or call your closest office directly.

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Why do I have carpal tunnel?

Your wrist is made up of several small bones that glide seamlessly across each other to allow you to bend and flex your hand in multiple directions. The tunnel that runs down the center of these bones — your carpal tunnel — is filled with connective tissues and nerves.

You can develop carpal tunnel syndrome due to:

  • Repetitive use or overuse
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Trauma or injury
  • Thyroid gland imbalance
  • Hormonal changes due to pregnancy
  • Swelling of the protective synovial tissues

While carpal tunnel most commonly affects your median nerve inside your wrist, pressure on surrounding nerves can also cause uncomfortable symptoms.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is known for causing symptoms that most commonly affect your middle, index, and ring fingers, as well as your thumb.

You may experience:

  • Difficulty holding on to objects
  • Numbness, burning, and tingling
  • Shock-like electrical sensations

In early stages, carpal tunnel symptoms seem to occur occasionally. But as nerve inflammation worsens, you’re more likely to experience worsening symptoms that occur more frequently.

Plus, carpal tunnel can even flare up during sleep, leaving you with restless nights. No matter how minor or how severe your carpal tunnel symptoms become, though, you have plenty of options for relief at Spinetech.

How is carpal tunnel treated?

Your carpal tunnel syndrome treatment plan at Spinetech is likely going to include several types of solutions to help you get relief from any acute symptoms, while also promoting nerve healing.

Treating carpal tunnel syndrome can include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy and daily nerve gliding exercises
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Splinting or bracing

If you’re not getting relief after trying conservative carpal tunnel treatments, your dedicated pain specialist at Spinetech might suggest surgery. Carpal tunnel surgery, a minimally invasive procedure, involves creating more room in your carpal tunnel area by cutting into your ligaments. This effective procedure relieves pressure on your nerves, so you won’t have to live another day with agonizing carpal tunnel syndrome discomfort.

Book your carpal tunnel evaluation at Spinetech today. Click on the online scheduling feature or call the location most convenient to you to speak with a team member.

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