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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Specialists in Queens, NY

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common hand conditions of the 21st century, with symptoms ranging from minor to severe. Being a syndrome of repetition, median nerve compression responds well to the expert, conservative care provided by an orthopedic hand specialist and his team at Precision Pain Medicine. When detected early, carpal tunnel syndrome can be effectively treated with our personalized approach to soft tissue damage. The team at Pain Management Center in Queens, NY, specializes in carpal tunnel treatment as well as other hand and wrist pain problems.

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can develop in one or both of your hands when the median nerve that runs through your hand gets pinched. The median nerve, also known as the carpal tunnel, is located on the palm side of the hand. It provides sensation to the thumb, long finger, index finger, and part of the ring finger. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by swelling inside the wrist, which results in compression.



What Is the Cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Some of the most common conditions associated with carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Fractures
  • Trauma to the wrist
  • Family history of carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or fluid retention from menopause and pregnancy

Are There Any Risk Factors?

Some lifestyle factors likely to increase the risk for carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • A diet high in salt
  • Smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High body mass index
  • Jobs that involve repetitive wrist movement

Carpal tunnel syndrome is more prevalent in women because their carpal tunnel area is typically smaller. Furthermore, the condition is most frequently diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 60.

What Are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Loss of sensation, tingling, and pain in the thumb and the first three fingers of the hand
  • Pain and burning which travels up the arm
  • Nighttime wrist ache that interferes with sleep
  • Weakness in the mules of the hand

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms may resemble those of other medical conditions or problems. Always visit your orthopedic doctor for a diagnosis.

Call us to discuss the non-surgical treatment options for your condition.

How Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosed?

During your evaluation, your doctor will ask you about your overall health, medical history, and symptoms. To further confirm the clinical diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome and develop a list of possible causes, your physician may conduct:

  • A physical examination, including a detailed evaluation of the hand, wrist, shoulder, and neck. The doctor will check your wrists for signs of swelling, tenderness, and any other deformities. They will also check the sensation of the fingers and the strength of the muscles in the hand;
  • A Nerve conduction study is a test that helps measure the conduction speed of the nerve impulses. In cases where the nerve impulse is slower than normal as it passes into the hand, you might be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

How Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?

The treatment is determined by the severity of the pain and the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Some non-surgical options include:

  • Avoiding positions that overextend the wrist
  • Wearing wrist splints that hold the hand in a neutral position, especially at night
  • Taking mild pain medication and medications which help reduce inflammation
  • Treating any underlying conditions, such as arthritis or diabetes
  • Steroid injections, which are done into the carpal tunnel area and help reduce inflammation

Surgery might be necessary in cases where there is severe damage to the median nerve.

Factors that determine the success or failure of treatment include:

  • Patient’s age
  • How long do the symptoms last
  • The presence of diabetes mellitus as well as whether there is any weakness

The outcome is typically positive.

Can Carpal Tunnel Pain Be Prevented?

There are some lifestyle changes you can do to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, including:

  • Treating conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis
  • Paying careful attention to your hand posture
  • Avoiding activities that overextend the wrist

Physical therapy exercises can be helpful as well. Your doctor might refer you to a physical therapist which can show you how to properly perform such exercises. If you treat your carpal tunnel syndrome early on with the help of physical therapy and lifestyle changes, you can notice long-term improvement and eliminate the symptoms of the condition.

What Are the Complications of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Although it is very unlikely, if the syndrome is left untreated it can lead to permanent nerve damage, disability, and loss of hand function. Hence, it is important to speak to a doctor and have the cause of your symptoms evaluated. This can lead to early treatment, which in return will improve the outcome of the condition. Following the instructions provided by your doctor is also important to ensure that the condition doesn’t worsen.

Your fellowship-trained specialists in hand, wrist, and elbow conditions provide the best treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Don’t wait for the pain to get worse and permanent nerve damage to occur. If you would like to find out more about treatments we offer, reach out to us today for a consultation.

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Page Updated on Jul 19, 2022 by Dr. Daniel Khaimov (Pain Specialist) of Precision Pain Medicine
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