Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The median nerve travels from the spinal cord through the arm to serve the wrist and hand. The final nerve tunnel it travels through, is the carpal tunnel in the wrist. This space, created by ligaments and bone, can become narrowed by swelling or inflammation, putting pressure on the median nerve. When the median nerve is irritated traveling through the wrist, it is called carpal tunnel syndrome. Our team at Ospina Medical offers effective elbow/hand/wrist treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome at our clinic in Midtown Manhattan.
Symptoms and Causes of Carpal Tunnel
When the median nerve is compressed when traveling through the carpal tunnel, it can cause pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the wrist and hand. The median nerve serves the thumb, pointer, middle and part of the ring finger. Symptoms usually begin gradually, with some pain, tingling or numbness. There can be increased weakness in the hand.
The most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is repetitive motions requiring the wrist to bend forward. Typing is a common cause of inflammation in the wrist that irritates the median nerve. Other repetitive wrist movements and certain health conditions, like diabetes and osteoarthritis, can contribute to causing carpal tunnel nerve compression.
Relieving pressure on the median nerve in the wrist may relieve symptoms. Physical therapy and exercises offer help for minor conditions. Other treatment options can include injection therapy to relieve inflammation in the wrist joint. Our interventional pain physicians at Ospina Medical provide advanced options to relieve hand and wrist pain or dysfunction relating to carpal tunnel syndrome to avoid surgery.
If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome or suffer from chronic hand pain, come see us at Ospina Medical in NYC. We will help find solutions for relieving pain and improving your hand function.