Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful and debilitating disorder that afflicts more than one million people. It is the result of a pinching of the median nerve in the hand and can cause pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and inflammation.
There are a variety of treatment options available to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, from conservative care to advanced surgical techniques. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, a hand specialist will typically recommend conservative treatment options first and progress to more aggressive techniques if symptoms persist.
Common conservative treatment methods for carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Getting a cortisone injection to reduce inflammation
- Taking anti-inflammatory medication to decrease inflammation and symptoms
- Using a wrist brace to improve stabilization
If conservative care is unsuccessful or the pain you are experiencing worsens, carpal tunnel surgery may be necessary.
For more information on carpal tunnel syndrome or if you are experiencing pain or irritation, request an appointment online with one of our hand experts at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia or call (404) 255-0226.