Carpal Tunnel is a Real Pain in the Wrist. Or Hand. Or Both.

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Published on April 26, 2018

Carpal Tunnel is a Real Pain in the Wrist. Or Hand. Or Both.

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.

When Does Hand Pain and Wrist Pain Mean Carpal Tunnel?

One common hand problem is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In the case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the nerve located within your wrist becomes compressed. This squeezing can cause physical discomfort, functional limitation and numbness, and tingling.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be 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, the index and middle fingers

These symptoms can get in the way of getting through the day. Successful, early intervention is the key to mitigating long-term damage.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

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.

When to Seek Medical Help

If you’re experiencing the symptoms listed above, it’s time to see a doctor. The hand and wrist specialists at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Services are conveniently available throughout Southeast Wisconsin. We also specialize in Carpal Tunnel surgery rehabilitation. If you believe you're having Carpal Tunnel problems, find a physician now.