Carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to burning and electrical sensations that trickle down into your fingertips, which can make performing the simplest of tasks become increasingly difficult. If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you can get started on treatment right away at International Medical Clinics (IMC) in Atlanta. Book your carpal tunnel evaluation online, or call the clinic to speak with a team member.
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
The symptoms you experience with carpal tunnel syndrome can vary from mild to severe. You may find that you have hand and wrist pain on an ongoing basis or that symptoms occur sporadically. In any case, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to:
- Nighttime numbness or pain that wakes you up
- Weakened grip and difficulty holding onto items
- Tingling or pain in your thumb and fingers, especially your middle and pointer fingers
As your condition progresses, carpal tunnel syndrome can start making it more difficult for you to perform tasks that require fine motor skills, such as buttoning a shirt.
Why do I have carpal tunnel syndrome?
If any of the above symptoms sound familiar, chances are, you have pressure on your median nerve. This nerve runs through the opening — the carpal tunnel — in your wrist. When it becomes compressed or pinched, you develop carpal tunnel-related symptoms.
Carpal tunnel can occur if you regularly perform motions that involve repetitive finger use or curved wrist motions, such as typing on a keyboard. Your risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome further increases due to:
- Arthritic conditions
- Thyroid hormone imbalance
- Inherited carpal tunnel shape
Carpal tunnel syndrome is also common if you suffered from a wrist fracture or dislocation, even if it’s an old injury. Because carpal tunnel syndrome can progress and start lowering your quality of life, it’s important to come into IMC as soon as your symptoms begin, so you can get started on treatment.
How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?
When you come to IMC for a carpal tunnel evaluation, your physician examines your wrist and orders any essential imaging tests, such as an X-ray or ultrasound.
Images are used to confirm carpal tunnel syndrome, in addition to ruling out related issues, such as abnormal growths or cysts. Depending on the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome, your treatment plan can include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Wrist bracing or splinting
- Activity modifications
- Arthritis medications
- Physical therapy
In advanced stages of carpal tunnel syndrome, surgery may be the best solution. Carpal tunnel surgery involves cutting into surrounding structures to release and make more room for the median nerve.
Because IMC is home to expert surgeons who specialize in orthopedic procedures, you can expect the carpal tunnel relief you need, no matter which treatment is right for you.
You can get started on comprehensive carpal tunnel treatment at IMC right away. Book your carpal tunnel evaluation online, or call the clinic directly.