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Published on September 26, 2016

When Hand & Wrist Pain is a Thumbs Down

Simple tasks can seem impossible when you have pain in your hands and wrists. The hand is composed of many different bones, muscles and ligaments that allow for a large amount of movement and nimbleness. With all this complexity, it's no wonder your daily routine can cause wear and tear.

One common hand problem is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In the case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the area located at the base of your hand near the wrist, becomes compressed. This squeezing can cause physical discomfort and functional limitation.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are similar to other conditions such as tendinitis, bursitis,or rheumatoid arthritis. So, it's important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty gripping objects
  • Pain and/or numbness
  • A feeling of “pins and needles”
  • Swollen feeling
  • Burning or tingling, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers

Treatments & Therapies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A variety of treatments and therapies are available for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, ranging from physical or occupational therapy, stretching and exercise, splinting, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, corticosteroid injections and minimally invasive surgery. Simple ergonomic changes to a work area may also help.

Find a Physician

The hand and wrist specialists at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Services are conveniently available throughout Southeast Wisconsin. If you believe you're having Carpal Tunnel problems, find a physician now.

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