Although few people know what it is, the median nerve is an important contributor to day-to-day living because it controls both movement and feeling in your thumb and first three fingers. Pressure on the median nerve causes carpal tunnel syndrome. This pressure can result from a variety of factors, such as certain diseases, injury, overuse of the hand and wrist, pregnancy, obesity and smoking.
Because carpal tunnel syndrome typically worsens over time, it’s wise to start treatment as soon as possible. When treated early on, carpal tunnel symptoms can be relieved with simple measures other than orthopedic surgery in Fort Lauderdale, such as these:
• Bracing or splinting. A brace or splint worn at night will keep your wrist in a neutral position. This prevents the nightly irritation to the median nerve that occurs when you curl your wrists during sleep. It can also help to wear a splint during activities that aggravate your symptoms.
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines. Drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen reduce pain and swelling.
• Activity changes. Symptoms often occur when your hand and wrist are in the same position for too long. If your job or hobbies aggravate your symptoms, changing these activities may slow or stop progression of the disease.
• Steroid injections. A powerful anti-inflammatory – a synthetic, long-acting version of cortisone – is injected into your carpal tunnel. While these injections often provide relief, painful symptoms may come back.
At Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, we offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment of hand and wrist conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome. If you’re experiencing painful symptoms of this condition, we invite you to make an appointment with one of our physicians. Call Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine today at (954) 400-5544 and get your life back!