Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Miami, FL
The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome’s symptoms include, but are not limited to, chronic weakness, tingling, and numbness in the wrist and hand caused by excess pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. The median nerve, which controls movement and sensation in the thumb and first three fingers, extends from the forearm to the hand, via a small channel in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel syndrome refers to a series of orthopedic conditions that impair the mobility of the wrist and hand, because of this pressure on the median nerve.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome may be caused by pressure on the median nerve by inflammation, or other condition, that constricts the carpal tunnel. There are many causes of this inflammation, including:
- Illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and hypothyroidism.
- Repetitive hand movements, such as those used when typing on a keyboard.
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the wrist, hand, or fingers. In more severe cases, some patients may also experience pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the area of the shoulder, upper arm, forearm, or elbow.
Most people experience symptoms in the wrist, thumb, index finger, and first three fingers. If you are experiencing symptoms in all of the other fingers, except your little finger, which is regulated by a different nerve, this could be an indication of carpal tunnel syndrome. Some patients initially notice the symptoms at night, while experiencing a feeling as though your hand has “fallen asleep.” It may be possible to get relief by initially by shaking your hand; however, in carpal tunnel syndrome, the numbness and tingling become a recurring problem.
How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?
Some suggestions for relieving the mild symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, which usually do not require surgery, include:
- Stop repetitive motor activities that contribute to the numbness and pain.
- Rest your wrist and hands, frequently shaking them out between repetitive motor activities.
- Apply ice packs to your wrist and hand for 10 to 15 minutes, once or twice an hour.
- Take non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or other medications to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
- Wear a wrist splint at night, to relieve pressure on the median nerve.
Early diagnosis improves your chances of eliminating the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, and, in the process, prevents long-term damage to the nerves and tendons to the hand and wrist. In cases where damage is severe or advanced, corrective surgery may be required to restore normal function and achieve complete relief from carpal tunnel symptoms.
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