Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Specialist in Elkton, MD
Our specialists at Living Well Health Care can help with carpal tunnel symptoms. Contact us today for treatment you can trust. We are conveniently located at 270 West Main Street, Elkton MD 21921. For more information, please call us or book an appointment online.
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is triggered when there is compression on the median nerve. The median nerve is located in a narrow passageway called the carpal tunnel. Ligaments and bones surround it on the palm side of the hand. When this nerve is compressed, it can cause tingling, numbness, and weakness in the arm and hand. There are factors that can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, such as repetitive motion, health problems, and the wrist’s anatomy.
Treatment can relieve the numbness and tingling and restore proper function of the wrist and hand.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome will start gradually. You may notice numbness or tingling in your fingers or hand. You will most likely notice it in your thumb and another finger or fingers, excluding the little finger. It may feel like an electric shock going through these fingers. This sensation may move up your wrist and arm. The symptoms are felt most often when you are holding something for a period of time, like a steering wheel or phone. Over time, the tingling or numbness can become constant.
Weakness can be another symptom of carpal tunnel. You may have a hard time holding on to things or have issues with dropping things. This is due to the numbness that is associated with the pinching of the median nerve. One of the main muscles of the thumb is controlled by the median nerve.
As carpal tunnel worsens, the symptoms can become constant, more painful, and limit hand function. The weakness in your hand may do more than affect the strength of your grip, it can affect other parts of your daily activities. This can compromise your ability to drive or do other simple tasks, like buttoning a shirt or doing dishes. It has caused people to miss work because of their inability to do their jobs.
As carpal tunnel progresses, it can cause deterioration of the nerves. When nerve damage happens, it is impossible to reverse. This means that treatment is needed as soon as possible. Severe cases will require surgery. But surgery will not reverse the nerve damage that has occurred.
The median nerve goes from the forearm through the wrist (carpal tunnel) and into the hand. It is the main source of sensation on the palm side of the fingers and thumbs, except for the little finger. It also provides nerve signals for the muscles in the thumb.
Since carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve, anything that irritates or squeezes the median nerve can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Damage to the wrist, like breaking it, or other causes of inflammation, can put pressure on the median nerve. Most often, there is not a single cause for the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.
You can sense numbness, tingling, and discomfort in your thumb, index, and middle fingers. You may not actually have any pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. But, if you do, it will most likely be in the form of numbness or tingling. This is most common in the fingers and fingertips. You may experience a decreased sensation in your fingertips.
As carpal tunnel worsens, you can lose strength in your hand. You may find that you have difficulty performing tasks that require deleting motions. You may find it difficult to hold on to things.
Living Well Healthcare provides medical care and services for a number of problems that children and adults can encounter. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the areas that we can help you address. Please give Living Well Healthcare Elkton a call or make an appointment online. We are located at 270 West Main St., Elkton, MD 21921. We serve patients from Elkton MD, Elk Mills MD, Fair Hill MD, Woodcrest Shores MD, North East MD, Warwick MD, and Chesapeake City MD.
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