How Do You Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand and forearm. At Florida Hand Center Dr. Stephen L. Helgemo, Jr. MD specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions affecting the upper limbs. Get specialized care from board-certified doctors. Contact us today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Fort Myers, FL and Port Charlotte, FL.
Table of Contents:
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Can carpal tunnel syndrome go away on its own?
What will happen if carpal tunnel syndrome is not treated?
What are the treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome?
Don’t Let CTS Stand in Your Way – Call Us Today
When you first start to experience pain or discomfort in your hands, it can be a scary experience. What’s going on, why is it happening, and where is it coming from?
At the Florida Hand Center, our team of experienced professionals specialize in diagnosing and treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). They can guide you forward with a treatment plan and get you back to feeling your best. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us get you back to pain-free living.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition that causes weakness, tingling, numbness, and pain in areas of the hand, wrist, and forearm. It occurs when the major nerve in the hand, called the median nerve, is compressed as it moves through the Carpal Tunnel located in your wrist.
Early identification and treatment of CTS is the best way to ensure problems don’t persist into the future. Common symptoms include:
– Pain, numbness, tingling, or burning sensations that radiate through the fingers
– Sleep disturbances caused by discomfort in the fingers, wrists, hands, or arms
– Sporadic jolt-like sensations that travel through the fingers
– Tingling or numbness that travels up the forearm toward the shoulder
– Weakness in the hand(s). This may present as clumsiness as it becomes difficult for fingers to grip or perform tasks that require fine motor skills.
– Loss of awareness of where your hand is relative to other objects. This is also known as proprioception
While there are instances where mild CTS may resolve on its own, it’s very unlikely without treatment.
In the early stages of CTS, patients often find that their symptoms present very sporadically or only while performing certain tasks. However, as the condition continues to worsen, symptoms may persist and occur more frequently.
Symptoms can often be managed and resolved by:
– Splinting with wrist while sleeping
– Exercising and stretching the hand and fingers to keep the nerve mobile
– Lessening or stopping activities that aggravate your symptoms
– Utilizing pain medications and/or steroid injections
If CTS persists for more than two weeks despite using conservative healing methods (rest, icing, pain medication, physiotherapy), it’s recommended that you seek out a doctor or specialist who can work with you on a treatment plan.
When left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can become worse and result in permanent complications such as loss of sensation, nerve damage, and muscle weakness.
This is why it’s important to be evaluated by your doctor early on if you’re experiencing discomfort. The earlier that you address CTS, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to impede or stop its progression. Waiting too long may result in permanent, irreversible damage.
Carpal Tunnel is a common but potentially debilitating condition that prevents many from living their lives to the fullest. Non-surgical treatment options for CTS include applying cold packs to reduce swelling, wrist splinting, physiotherapy, prescribed or over-the-counter medications, and corticosteroid injections. Surgery may also be an option if symptoms are severe or don’t respond to non-surgical treatments.
At the Florida Hand Center, we are committed to providing our patients with treatment solutions that grant physical functionality free from pain.
Specializing in minimally invasive remedies, as well as the surgical and non-surgical treatment options available for those suffering with CTS, we custom build a plan that fits the need of each patient. This includes access to comprehensive resources and a detailed aftercare plan to support you during your recovery at home.
Whether you suspect you may be in the beginning stages of CTS or are suffering with the symptoms after diagnosis, we can help.
Our team of professionals is committed to supporting you no matter where you are in your medical journey. We currently accept over 700 types of insurance, including Medicare. We can also help you set up an affordable payment plan with variable installations to best fit your needs.
Pain should never be the standard. Call us today for more information or to schedule an initial consultation at one of our Florida based facilities.
We serve patients from Port Charlotte FL, Fort Myers FL, Punta Gorda FL, Cape Coral FL, Estero FL, Lake Suzy FL, Murdock FL, Charlotte Harbor FL, Harbour Heights FL, and Solana FL and surrounding areas
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