Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition involving the median nerve. This nerve runs from the forearm through the wrist and into the palm of the hand, where it is responsible for both motor and sensory functions in parts of the hand. When this nerve becomes compressed by other structures within the carpal tunnel of the wrist, numbness, pain, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected hand can result. Fortunately, there are treatments available to resolve the symptoms of this condition—read on to learn more about the treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome.
In some cases, drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or other over-the-counter pain relievers can help with the pain and inflammation of carpal tunnel syndrome. Prescriptions from a physician for corticosteroids may also be used to reduce inflammation and swelling in the wrist. Injections into the wrist are used in some cases to provide immediate, but temporary relief of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
For patients with intermittent or mild symptoms, exercising the wrist under the supervised by a physical or occupational therapist may help to halt the progression of the condition. These exercises can also help carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers to improve their health and well-being after treatment.
The surgical procedure to treat carpal tunnel syndrome involves releasing the band of tissue that wraps around the wrist. This helps to reduce the pressure placed on the median nerve and resolve the pain, tingling, and numbness of the syndrome. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and does not require a hospital stay.
With the help of an experienced orthopedic surgeon, you can decide which treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is best for your situation. Dr. Mehran Manouel and the expert staff of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine are dedicated to providing the personalized treatment that you need to be pain-free and active once again. Call our NYC practice at (866) 650-8063 to schedule a consultation today.