Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Manhattan, NY

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About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The median nerve travels from the spinal cord through the arm to serve the wrist and hand. The final nerve tunnel it travels through, is the carpal tunnel in the wrist. This space, created by ligaments and bone, can become narrowed by swelling or inflammation, putting pressure on the median nerve. When the median nerve becomes irritated in the wrist, it is called carpal tunnel syndrome.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the wrist or hands. The median nerve connects to the thumb, pointer, middle and part of the ring finger. The most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is repetitive motions requiring the wrist to bend forward, like typing! Other repetitive wrist movements and certain health conditions, like diabetes and osteoarthritis, can contribute to causing carpal tunnel nerve compression.

Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Relieving pressure on the median nerve may relieve symptoms. Physical therapy and exercises offer help for minor conditions. Other treatment options can include injections to relieve inflammation in the wrist. Our physicians specialize in treating carpal tunnel syndrome through interventional joint and regenerative medicine techniques. For those looking to optimize their healing and return to function, we offer Regenexx platelet rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow concentrate containing stem cells procedures.

If you suffer from symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, schedule a consultation with our interventional pain specialists at Ospina Medical in Midtown Manhattan today. We will create an individualized treatment plan to help treat your pain, improve your function and get you back to living your life.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome FAQ

How long do you have to rest after treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome?

This will depend on the exact treatment you undergo, but typically, patients will need about 3 – 4 months to recover. Additionally, it will be about one year before hand strength returns.

What happens if I leave carpal tunnel syndrome untreated?

While it might not seem like a big deal to leave carpal tunnel syndrome untreated, prolonged neglect can actually cause permanent nerve damage. This usually starts with some light tingling or numbness, but will increase over time until you struggle to perform everyday tasks or even sleep.

Is rest or exercise better for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Generally, rest is better for the health of your wrist. However, there are certain therapeutic exercise programs that certified healthcare professionals can recommend. These will help to reduce pressure on the nerves in your wrist, thereby alleviating pain and/or numbness.

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