It’s estimated that more than 12 million Americans have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) symptoms at any given time. Because the nerves that pass through the wrist can become compressed in the very small space, frequent development of entrapment syndrome occurs, which causes weakness, pain, tingling, and numbness in the hands and fingers.
At Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (AOSM), with locations in Union City and Dyersburg, Tennessee, Dr. Michael Calfee, Paxton Sisson PA-C, and the rest of our skilled team can help you develop an at-home care plan for the symptoms of your carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, the median nerve has become compressed inside the wrist. This big nerve runs right through the wrist and down into the palm of your hand, sending impulses from the brain to your thumb and fingers to make them move properly and feel sensations.
Inflammation inside the wrist narrows the tunnel inside the bones and tendons that house the median nerve. If the inflammation becomes too severe, the entire inside of the wrist becomes swollen and compresses the nerve.
You’re more likely to have CTS if you have one of these risk factors:
Dr. Calfee tests patients suspected to have CTS with nerve conduction studies that measure the conduction speed of your nerve impulses. Slower signals often point to CTS.
You may also be able to do physical wrist exercises designed to keep your wrists flexible, and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain meds to help keep swelling and discomfort under control.
Eventually, if these methods don’t work, you may need corticosteroid injections or even arthroscopic surgery to help relieve pressure inside your wrist.