Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment in Orange Beach, AL
The carpal tunnel is a small pathway located within the palm side of your wrist. The median nerve passes through this space, and it's this nerve that's responsible for the sensations we feel in our thumb and every finger besides the pinky. When pressure is put on this pathway, resulting in a pinched median nerve, the condition is known as carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to a variety of symptoms including:
- Numbness or tingling in the thumb, index, middle, and ring finger
- Weakness in your hands
- Pain in your wrist that extends up your arm and down into your fingers
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, please call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Anything that can compress the median nerve could lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, whether it's a fracture or swelling in the wrist. The condition tends to happen to women more often than men, and usually appears in people age 30 to 60.
The following factors may not directly lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, but they have been associated with the condition:
- Severe diabetes
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Fluid retention
- Tools that vibrate
- Repetitive motion
Although it is commonly thought that activities like typing can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, it has not been medically confirmed. However, any motion that involves excessive wrist movements could eventually lead to an injury.
Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you are experiencing symptoms that would indicate carpal tunnel syndrome, please call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
Your doctor begins with a consultation to discuss your symptoms and what activities make them more prominent. A physical exam is performed to check the reflexes in your hand, and to test the sensitivity of your fingers. Your doctor may request an x-ray to seek out signs of arthritis or fractures. In some cases, an electromyogram test could be administered to test the function of your nerves.
Treating and Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Medications may be the best option to immediately reduce the swelling in your wrist. A couple of these options include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroid injections. Once the pressure has been taken off the median nerve, the next step is to allow the condition to heal while preventing future injury. Some of the methods for preventing carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Wearing a splint
- Correct posture
- Lowering salt intake
If symptoms do not improve after several weeks to months of nonsurgical treatment, carpal tunnel surgery may be recommended. Your doctor will help to determine the best course of treatment based on your individual needs and will take into account your pain levels and the restriction on everyday activities.
Moving Beyond Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a curable condition, and the correct rehabilitation can prevent future injuries. Please call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
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