Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Specialist

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome services offered in Newark and Milford, DE

When the median nerve that runs from your arm to your hand becomes compressed by bones in your wrist, you develop carpal tunnel syndrome. At Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain, with offices in Newark and Milford, Delaware, the pain specialists help you manage the tingling, numbness, and pain that results from this condition. Call one of the offices today or use this website to schedule an appointment online and find out about your treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Q & A

What is the carpal tunnel? 

The carpal tunnel is a collection of bones in your wrist. The carpal bones form the top and bottom sides of this channel through which the median nerve runs. The median nerve is responsible for feeling and function in your thumb and index, middle, and ring fingers. 

The carpal tunnel is susceptible to inflammation and swelling. When that happens, it pinches the median nerve, causing carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome? 

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are often mild at first. You may notice pain and numbness in your thumb and fingers.

In addition, you may experience: 

  • Shock-like sensations that radiate to your thumb and index, middle, and ring fingers
  • Weakness and poor motor control in the hand that makes fine movements difficult
  • Trouble grasping items and frequently dropping things
  • Tingling and pain that radiates up the forearm

In the beginning stages of carpal tunnel, you can shake out your hand and wrist to make the symptoms disappear. Over time, however, the symptoms become chronic and more disabling. 

Am I at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome?

As you age, your risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome increases. Women are more likely to develop the condition as compared to men. 

Your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome is also greater if:

  • You have a close family member with the condition
  • You repeatedly use your wrist or hand, such as typing or painting
  • You’re diagnosed with a chronic health condition like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis
  • You position your hand in extreme flexion or extension for prolonged periods

Hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy also put women at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

How do you treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

The pain management specialists at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain recommend nonsurgical pain relief treatments for carpal tunnel, such as: 

  • Bracing
  • Physical therapy
  • Changes in hand position
  • Ergonomic workstations
  • Medication
  • Corticosteroid injections

The goal of treatment is to relieve pressure and irritation affecting the median nerve. 

If conservative options prove insufficient and you need surgery to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome, the specialists at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain can help you manage pain. 

Find out more about carpal tunnel syndrome treatments by calling Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain today, or use this website to book an appointment online. 

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