Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition caused by excess pressure on the median nerve. This sensitive neural tissue passes through a narrow channel (the carpal tunnel) in the wrist to provide sensation and movement to the hand. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include pain, numbness, and tingling in the arm, hand, and fingers. If you are experiencing this type of discomfort, you can consult with an experienced hand and wrist specialist at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Casper, Wyoming.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the carpal tunnel becomes narrower due to inflammation in the surrounding tissues. As a result, the median nerve may be compressed, which can interfere with its sensory and motor functions. Possible reasons for the swelling that leads to carpal tunnel syndrome include rheumatoid arthritis, a wrist fracture, and tendon damage due to repetitive movement.
Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If we confirm that carpal tunnel syndrome is the cause of your discomfort, we can suggest a conservative treatment regimen, which may include:
- A short period of rest
- Activity modifications to avoid movements that cause or worsen your pain
- An ice pack application for 10-15 minutes every hour as needed
- A wrist splint worn at night
- An over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
- A steroid injection into the carpal tunnel
- An oral steroid medication
- Ultrasound therapy
If your symptoms improve to the point that physical therapy is possible, the outstanding in-house physical therapists at our Laramie location can work directly with your treating physician to develop a customized program designed to enhance flexibility and strength in your arm, wrist, and hand.
If your discomfort is severe and does not improve with non-surgical therapy, we may suggest surgery to enlarge your carpal tunnel and reduce pressure on your median nerve. This may involve surgically releasing the ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel on the palm side of your hand.
The orthopedic experts at Premier Bone & Joint Centers see patients at our satellite clinic in Casper, WY. For more information about carpal tunnel syndrome or to schedule an appointment with a wrist doctor, contact us today.