Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common source of wrist and hand pain and can grow worse if left untreated. With four locations in Nashville and one in Franklin, Tennessee, the expert team at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics offers outstanding diagnostic and treatment services for carpal tunnel syndrome and can help restore pain-free wrist and hand function. Begin that journey today by booking an appointment online or calling the office.
Your carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway that runs through your wrist. The passageway is held open by a series of small bones, and the roof of the tunnel is made of a band of connective tissue.
This entire structure serves to protect the median nerve that runs from your forearm into your hand. This nerve controls the muscles at the base of your thumb and enables sensation in your index, middle, and ring fingers and thumb.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when this passageway becomes narrowed. That can happen in several ways.
Some people have less room in their carpal tunnel than others and are at an elevated risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. Certain health conditions like diabetes, thyroid disorders, and rheumatoid arthritis can also contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.
One of the most common causes is repetitive hand and wrist movements. People who work with computers often develop carpal tunnel syndrome, as do those who work on assembly lines.
Even pregnancy can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. The hormones produced during pregnancy can cause swelling in various areas of the body, including the wrist.
Carpal tunnel symptoms can come on suddenly or develop slowly over time. Some signs that you might have the condition include:
If you notice these changes in one or both hands, come in for a thorough diagnostic exam.
Some people respond well to a period of bracing or splinting. Over-the-counter pain medications can lessen discomfort and relieve swelling.
Steroid injections can also help by reducing inflammation. This is a great way to ease the pain while you complete a course of physical therapy. Working with a skilled physical therapist can help you learn nerve gliding exercises that will help your median nerve move more easily in your carpal tunnel.
In serious cases, your provider may recommend endoscopic carpal tunnel release, a procedure in which they cut the carpal ligament to reduce pressure on the median nerve.
Don’t live with the pain and limitations of carpal tunnel syndrome when there are safe and effective treatments that can help. Schedule a consultation at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics today online or by phone.
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