Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment for Patients From Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News & Surrounding VA Areas
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist, which provides feeling and facilitates movement in the hand. The condition can produce pain, numbness, and tingling in the affected arm, hand, and fingers. Individuals who are experiencing these types of symptoms in Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, and the surrounding Virginia areas can consult with the hand and wrist specialists at Tidewater Orthopaedics in Hampton Roads.
The carpal tunnel houses the median nerve and is located at the base of the palm. If the limited space within this tunnel is reduced due to inflammation, the nerve can be pressured to the point that its sensory and motor functions are impaired, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome. The pressure can result from a number of underlying causes, including conditions that lead to arm swelling, such as rheumatoid arthritis and obesity; a wrist fracture; or repetitive movements that create wear and tear on the wrist tendons.
After diagnosing a patient with carpal tunnel syndrome, a physician at Tidewater Orthopaedics will likely recommend beginning with conservative treatments. Some options include:
- A limited period of rest and activity modification
- Ice applications for 10-15 minutes every hour as needed
- Wrist splints worn at night
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Steroid injections into the carpal tunnel
- Oral steroids
- Mobilization exercises
- Ultrasound therapy
If a patient’s symptoms improve to the point that physical therapy is possible, the outstanding in-house hand therapists at Tidewater Orthopaedics can work directly with our treating physician to develop a customized program designed to enhance flexibility and strength in the patient’s arm, wrist, and hand.
When carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are severe or do not improve with non-surgical measures, surgery may be recommended to create more room for the median nerve. This may be accomplished by surgically releasing the ligament that forms the roof of the tunnel on the palm side of the hand. While the placement of the incisions can vary, the goal of the procedure remains the same: to enlarge the tunnel and reduce pressure on the nerve.
The orthopaedic experts at Tidewater Orthopaedics see patients at our Hampton and Williamsburg, VA, locations. For more information about carpal tunnel syndrome or to schedule an appointment, call 727-827-2480.