Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Symptoms & Treatment Options
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs due to the compression of the median nerve, which runs throughout the wrist and hand. Swelling and inflammation in the wrist can induce pressure on this nerve, causing symptoms that can impact the forearm to the fingertips.
Excessive pressure on the median nerve can impair the mobility of the hand. Some individuals struggle with fine motor movements, meaning tasks like writing can become challenging or impossible. Some of the most common carpal tunnel symptoms include:
- Shock-like sensations
- Clumsiness and dropping objects
Stretching the hand, holding objects, and any general hand movement can aggravate these symptoms. As a result, some patients with severe carpal tunnel syndrome may limit their activities due to the pain, leading to a reduced quality of life.
Treatment can help you manage the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Some options include the use of a brace to reduce pain by limiting movement in your wrist and hand, and cortisone injections to reduce painful inflammation. In very severe cases, surgery may be discussed.
Dr. Vizzi Provides Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Peter D. Vizzi, M.D., can guide you through your treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Vizzi will consider multiple factors that can influence your treatment plan, including the length of time you’ve been experiencing symptoms, which may indicate possible nerve damage. Dr. Vizzi has more than 20 years of experience in working with patients who have carpal tunnel syndrome, and he can help you find symptom relief you need. Dr. Vizzi’s office is conveniently located in Lafayette and serves all surrounding areas. Schedule an appointment to learn more.