Carpal Tunnel

Conditions We Treat

What is Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also called median nerve compression, is a condition that causes numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hand. It happens because of pressure on your median nerve, which runs the length of your arm, goes through a passage in your wrist called the carpal tunnel, and ends in your hand. The median controls the movement and feeling of your thumb and the movement of all your fingers except your pinky.

Carpal Tunnel Q & A

What symptoms does Carpal Tunnel cause?

Symptoms of carpal tunnel include:

  • Burning, tingling, or itching numbness in your palm and thumb or your index and middle fingers
  • Weakness in your hand and trouble holding things
  • Shock-like feelings that move into your fingers
  • Tingling that moves up into your arm

You might first notice that your fingers “fall asleep” and become numb at night. It usually happens because of how you hold your hand while you sleep. In the morning, you may wake up with numbness and tingling in your hands that may run all the way to your shoulder. During the day, your symptoms might flare up while you’re holding something with your wrist bent, like when you’re driving or reading a book.

Early on in the condition, shaking out your hands might help you feel better. But after some time, it may not make the numbness go away. As carpal tunnel syndrome gets worse, you may have less grip strength because the muscles in your hand shrink. You’ll also have more pain and muscle cramping. Your median nerve can’t work the way it should because of the irritation or pressure around it. This leads to:

  • Slower nerve impulses
  • Less feeling in your fingers
  • Less strength and coordination, especially the ability to use your thumb to pinch
What Causes Carpal Tunnel treatment?

Often, people don’t know what brought on their carpal tunnel syndrome. It can be due to:

  • The most common cause is a biomechanical breakdown of the carpal tunnel region. Repetitive motions, like typing, or any wrist movements that you do over and over. This is especially true of things you do when your hands are lower than your wrists.
  • Conditions like hypothyroidism, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes
  • Pregnancy
What are available Carpal Tunnel treatments?

Patients suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome have choices at Downtown’s Healthcare With a variety of traditional and cutting-edge knee pain solutions to choose from, the team can incorporate one or more to provide pain relief. We start with a very thorough evaluation to see if you are a candidate for services at our office. Options include:

  • Physical Medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Cooperative Injectables for Healing and Support including PRP, HCTP, Ozone
  • mHCTT – micro Human Cell Tissue Transplant
  • Joint injection tissue transplant
  • Supplements and nutraceuticals

Downtown’s Healthcare also offers a revolutionary non-surgical Hand and Wrist program that can help you avoid surgery and regain a full life.