In the world of orthopedics, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is among one of the most common ailments experienced by patients who step into our office, here at Orthopedic Associates. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that causes pain, numbing, and tingling in the hands and arms. It can often create a tremendous sense of discomfort amongst those who have it and can prohibit them from using their hands for certain movements. These feelings occur when the median nerve is compressed or squeezed as it makes its way down the arm and into the wrist and hand area.
What makes matters worse is that, if untreated, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can continue to develop and get worse over time. Ultimately, if undiagnosed for a prolonged period of time, symptoms can become severe and irreversible nerve damage can occur. Identifying the ailment early on is key to ensuring it can be treated effectively.
What Are The Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may seem almost nonexistent at first. With very subtle numbness and tingling sensations in the arm and wrist. However, over time these symptoms will gradually increase and will become much more apparent. In addition to numbness and tingling, patients can feel burning and painful sensations in their thumbs and index fingers.
Patients often experience weakness in the hand or wrist, causing them to drop things and have trouble performing everyday tasks like buttoning their shirts, holding pens and pencils, or tying their shoes.
Symptoms can even be experienced one day, and then totally disappear for a number of days before returning again. Although Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is quite common, this is precisely why it often goes untreated. Patients are able to ignore the onset of symptoms because they come on so gradually and are often very inconsistent.
Here at OA, our team of physicians and orthopedic specialists have developed a deep understanding and an extensive expertise in treating our patients suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. We provide a range of treatment options to help them navigate their way through this often painful and debilitating ailment.
Here at OA, we always do what’s right for our patients and we’ll never steer you in the wrong direction. Contact us today to inquire more about our treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.