The Hirsh Center
Arthritis and Sports Medicine Center located in Delray Beach, FL
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain and discomfort in your hand and wrist and can make simple tasks like getting dressed or opening a door very painful. The Hirsh Center in Delray Beach, Florida, specializes in rheumatology and musculoskeletal conditions. The medical team members are experts at treating carpal tunnel syndrome so you can enjoy long-term pain relief. Through ultrasound technology, custom braces, and regenerative medicine, The Hirsh Center team can accurately diagnose and provide nonsurgical treatment options for carpal tunnel symptoms.
Carpal Tunnel Q&A
Carpal Tunnel Q & A
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Your carpal tunnel is about an inch wide and is located on the underside of your wrist. Your carpal bones on the bottom and sides plus your carpal ligament on the top, form the carpal tunnel. This tiny area provides passage for nine tendons that control the movements of all of your fingers.
Along with these tendons, your median nerve uses the tunnel to provide feeling in all of your fingers except your pinky. With overuse, the synovium tissue inside your carpal tunnel can become inflamed, compressing the median nerve in this tiny space. In fact, a single incident rarely causes carpal tunnel syndrome. It usually progresses over time and with repetitive motions.
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) often come on gradually and include:
- Tingling or numbness in your fingers and hand that worsens over time
- Pain in your fingers and hand
- A burning sensation with specific movements of your hand or wrist
- Pain or tingling that radiates up your arm into your elbow
- Cramping and weakness in your hand that makes it difficult to grip objects
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to have one of The Hirsh Center medical team members take a look, as the symptoms can worsen over time if not properly treated.
What’s the treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome?
To diagnose the severity of your carpal tunnel symptoms, the doctor may first recommend ultrasound imaging to evaluate the compression on your median nerve. Nonsurgical treatment typically includes bracing or splinting your wrist to reduce pressure on your nerve by keeping your wrist straight. You may also get relief from anti-inflammatory medications and from avoiding activities that aggravate your symptoms.
Ultrasound-guided steroid injections, such as cortisone, can also provide pain relief by sending medication precisely where it needs to go. The Hirsh Center is one of only two practices in the state of Florida nationally accredited in musculoskeletal ultrasounds for the nonsurgical treatment of many different types of musculoskeletal conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.
To learn more about effective treatment options for your carpal tunnel pain, call to schedule a consultation using the online system.