Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that can cause wrist pain, a weak grip, and numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers. This condition occurs as a result of pressure on the median nerve, which runs through a narrow passageway in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel. While carpal tunnel is often associated with individuals who frequently use a computer keyboard for work, any activity or condition that causes swelling or otherwise narrows this passageway can result in symptoms.
If you are experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s important to consult with a physician to receive a diagnosis and discuss treatment options that can help alleviate symptoms and prevent permanent damage to the median nerve. If treated early, conservative treatment methods may be all that’s required to provide symptom relief. These include:
- Wearing a brace or splint to immobilize the wrist and prevent it from bending
- Using anti-inflammatory medications or steroid injections to reduce swelling in the wrist area
- Limiting or avoiding activities that put stress on the wrist
In more severe cases where conservative treatments are ineffective, you may need to consult with an experienced orthopaedic surgeon such as Dr. Richard Gray, M.D., of Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine. Dr. Gray specializes in joint replacement and arthroscopic surgery and has more than 20 years of experience helping patients who have a range of orthopaedic conditions, including hand and wrist conditions. When you meet with Dr. Gray, he’ll go over your treatment options to help determine the best course of action for you, which may include endoscopic carpal tunnel release – a minimally invasive procedure used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.
Known for his patient-first approach, Dr. Gray has helped countless patients find relief from all types of joint conditions. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gray to discuss carpal tunnel syndrome or any other type of joint pain, contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine.
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