What are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms?
The most common carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in the hand, a pins and needles sensation most commonly found in the thumb, index and long fingers and loss of hand feeling and function.
Many patients experience an elevated pain level in the morning or during a specific activity such as driving, typing or bending the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms typically begin gradually without an injury to the wrist present.
Carpal tunnel patients may experience this condition from a variety of causes, including:
- Hormonal changes with pregnancy
- Nerve disorders
- Injury to the wrist
- Overuse of the wrist area
How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?
A pain physician will complete a thorough physical examination and medical review to determine if carpal tunnel syndrome is present. If carpal tunnel syndrome is suspected, a number of non-surgical measures may be recommended, including anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, bracing/splinting, activity modifications and corticosteroid injections in the carpal tunnel. If the condition is diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, many patients will experience alleviated carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms without the use of surgery.
If you are experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms or would like to know, what is carpal tunnel syndrome?, contact the pain physicians at OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine®, proudly serving carpal tunnel patients in the greater Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas area.