Carpal Tunnel

Sweetwater Sports Medicine of Oakbend Medical Center

Physical Therapist located in Sugar Land, TX

If you’re experiencing numbness and tingling in your hand, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that worsens over time. Getting early treatment may help reduce its symptoms and progression, and the team at Sweetwater Sports Medicine at OakBend Medical Center in Sugar Land, Texas offers specialized treatments that may even prevent the need for surgery. For more information about therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome, call the office or book an appointment online.

Carpal Tunnel Q & A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition that causes you to feel numbness, tingling, or pain in your hand or arm due to compression of the major nerve to your hand, referred to as the median nerve, as it travels through your wrist.

Early treatment may help prevent progression of the syndrome by reducing the pressure on the nerve. However, if left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to nerve damage.

What are carpal tunnel’s symptoms?

Tingling, numbness, and pain in your hand are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. However, you may also notice weakness in your hand that causes you to drop things or makes it difficult for you to hold a pen or button your shirt.

Other symptoms include:

  • Shock-like pain in your fingers
  • Tingling or pain that travels up to your shoulder

How did I get carpal tunnel syndrome?

Doctors are still investigating the causes of carpal tunnel syndrome, but it’s theorized that specific risk factors may have caused you to develop the condition, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Wrist fracture or arthritis
  • Fluid retention
  • Gender
  • Workplace factors such as the use of vibrating tools or motions that require repeated flexing of your wrist

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome includes:

  • Wrist splinting
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy

If your symptoms don’t improve with these more conservative approaches, you may require surgery to release the ligament causing the nerve compression to alleviate symptoms.

How does physical therapy help?

A physical or occupational therapist can work with you to alleviate the pressure on the median nerve and relieve your symptoms. The Sweetwater Sports Medicine team creates a treatment plan designed to meet your specific needs, which includes exercises and stretches done with the therapist and a home exercise program.

The therapists also provide guidance on how to change your work habits and environment to reduce symptoms. The goal of physical therapy for carpal tunnel is to relieve your symptoms and prevent the need for surgery.

If you want to know more about your treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome, call the office or book an appointment online.