Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated Near Colts Neck, NJ
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that occurs when the median nerve—a major nerve that provides sensation and movement to the forearm, wrist, hand, and fingers—is pressured at the point where it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. In addition to pain, carpal tunnel syndrome can cause numbness, tingling, and burning sensations, as well as difficulty grasping objects, writing, and typing. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you can consult with an experienced hand and wrist specialist at Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI) near Colts Neck, New Jersey.
What Is the Carpal Tunnel?
Located at the base of the palm, the carpal tunnel is a narrow channel formed by the carpal bones at the bottom and the transverse carpal ligament at the top. This small space can become further narrowed by swelling and inflammation in the surrounding tissues, which in turn can compress the median nerve. When pressured, the nerve may send messages to the brain that falsely signal pain.
How Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?
When diagnosed and treated early, carpal tunnel syndrome can usually be addressed without surgery. Oftentimes, non-surgical treatment can relieve the symptoms and prevent the nerve compression from worsening. After confirming a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome, a physician at AOSMI will typically suggest a conservative treatment plan, which may include:
- Activity modifications to alter the patterns of hand and wrist usage
- Bracing or splinting the wrist
- Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Ice pack applications
- Steroid injections into the carpal tunnel
Additionally, physical therapy can be very effective in relieving the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. AOSMI has an on-site sports injury rehabilitation center, and our physical therapists work hand-in-hand with our physicians to develop highly individualized home exercise programs for our patients.
What About Surgery?
In general, surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is considered only if the symptoms are very severe or do not improve with conservative measures. In this case, a surgeon at AOSMI may suggest carpal tunnel release surgery, which involves creating more space for the median nerve by releasing the transverse carpal ligament. After the carpal tunnel is enlarged, pressure on the median nerve may be reduced, causing the symptoms to improve.
If you would like to explore your treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome treatment, contact AOSMI to schedule an appointment with a hand and wrist specialist at our facility near Colts Neck, NJ.