The feeling of numbness or tingling in your hand or arm due to a pinched nerve located in the wrist is known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. There are more than 3 million cases of carpal tunnel syndrome in the US per year, so it’s very common. Carpal tunnel syndrome is especially common in women. Normally carpal tunnel syndrome fades within a few months with proper treatment and care.
CARPAL TUNNEL SYMPTOMS
- Numbness in the hand/forearm/wrist area
- Weakness in the hand/wrist area
- Pain in the hand/forearm/wrist area
- Pin and needles sensation in the hand
- Hand clumsiness
CARPAL TUNNEL treatment
Before seeing a doctor, you can reduce the pain with rest and by using an ice pack. This will help to dull the pain up until you get your hand and wrist checked out professionally. Although, you may be able to reduce the pain for a while, you must contact a pain doctor as soon as you can. If you don’t, you are opening yourself up to risk of permanent damage, so you must do your best to catch it early on. With carpal tunnel syndrome you are not normally required to get lab tests or imaging. The doctor will provide you with a medical diagnosis, and, if needed, they will set it with a splint (A material wrapped around, in this case, the wrist to give support). If the doctor allows, in the healing process you should be sure to start stretching and exercising your wrist to improve its physical function. Medications may be given and surgery is a common treatment. It is one of the most common surgical procedures in the US.
At Pegasus pain management, we manage your pain through a variety of treatments including nerve blocks, corticosteroid injections, and minimally invasive surgery, if necessary. If you are experiencing pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, contact Pegasus pain management immediately and see how you can be treated.