Have you ever experienced a tingling, burning, or itching sensation in your hand – particularly in your thumb, middle, or index fingers? Some people experience so much weakness in their hands that grasping everyday objects can be difficult. If you experience a tingling sensation that runs along the length of your arm or shock-like sensations along your fingers, we suggest contacting Dr. Marvin Kohn, your favorite Wellington orthopedic surgeon today!
Another term for carpal tunnel syndrome is median nerve compression. As the name suggests, this is caused by the compression of your median nerve, which allows us to perform coarse and fine movements, like winding a watch or writing a blog.
Overall, this nerve runs along the length of your arm, passes through a tunnel-like passage found in your wrist called the carpal tunnel, and ends in your fingers. It’s responsible for regulating the sensations and movements of all your fingers, except the pinky finger.
An orthopedic doctor can create a tailored treatment plan depending on how far your symptoms have progressed. However, you will most likely be asked to modify your lifestyle. If the cause is repetitive motion like typing on a computer, you’ll need to take frequent breaks to let your hands relax.
Strengthening and stretching exercises can also help, as well as nerve gliding exercises. Sometimes doctors immobilize the area by placing a splint to stop your wrist from moving, reducing the pressure on your median nerves.
Moreover, your doctor may also prescribe you anti-inflammatory medications. If none of these are effective, you may be a candidate for carpal tunnel surgery.
Are you currently experiencing pain in your arms and hands? Don’t wait for it to get worse. At Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County (OCPBC), we take pride in our many years of industry experience, providing nothing but superior quality orthopedic and podiatric care. All our treatment plans are highly personalized, and we only use evidence-based techniques. Book an appointment with us today!