What is a Carpal Tunnel Injection?
A Carpal Tunnel Injection is a method used to help diagnose the source of pain in the hand and simultaneously provide relief by delivering anti-inflammatory medication into the carpal tunnel area of the wrist.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The carpal tunnel is an area in your wrist that the median nerve and tendons inhabit. The carpal tunnel runs through your forearm directly to your hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome affects up to 3% of Americans. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when this narrow passageway on the side of your palm composed of bones and ligaments experiences disabling pain. This member of the body controls sensation and movement in the thumb and first three fingers. When the passageway is compressed it results in numbness, tingling, weakness or pain in the hand. This pressure on the passageway directly affects carpal tunnel syndrome. These sensations all contribute to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by repetitive movements, hand-arm vibration and working in awkward positions for a long period of time. It can be closely associated to work related tasks.
Signs and Symptoms
Individuals who suffer from the following are susceptible to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Frequently Asked Questions
Patients suffering from all or some of the signs and symptoms listed above are qualified for the carpal tunnel injection. If you have any further questions about your eligibility for the injection, feel free to contact us today.
Keep your wrists straight. Avoid long bouts of repeated hand movement. Maintain good hand posture. Make sure your daily activities and work is does not hinder the comfort of your hands.
If you are typing make sure your hands are higher than your wrists. Relax your shoulders. Maintain hand and wrist movements that evenly spread pressure throughout those central areas. Steer clear of constant texting and phone time to avoid repetitive movement that could hinder your hand’s health. Make sure you take breaks when you are doing repetitive movements or motions to prevent carpal tunnel.
People suffering from obesity, hypothyroidism, arthritis, diabetes, pregnancy and trauma are more likely to be affected by carpal tunnel syndrome. Women are also three times more likely to get carpal tunnel. People with highly repetitive jobs are also easily affected by carpal tunnel syndrome as well.
To keep carpal tunnel syndrome at bay you can take care and maintain a healthy weight. Avoid smoking. Stay active and exercise to keep hands strong and spry. Try a wrist splint to correct pains from worsening. One easy exercise you can try to ease your carpal tunnel would be to put hands together, separate fingers and push fingers together and apart. You could also shake hands to loosen them up.
The injection can alleviate carpal tunnel pain and last weeks to months at a time. Each patient’s response to the injection is different. Be sure and talk to our doctors to gain knowledge as to what your outcome could entail.
The treatment involves an injection that is inserted into the inflamed tissues to reduce pain. The injection serves the inflamed tissues by lessening the pain. The injection is an easier alternative to surgical options. The treatment is quick and easy as the injection is inserted into the targeted area. This treatment helps patients by sending quick relief and helping heal their carpal tunnel syndrome. The injection helps normalize nerve activity. During the injection there will be slight discomfort. If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms could become constant and worsen over time. Other problems like permanent nerve damage, disability and loss of hand function could result from leaving symptoms untreated.
What to expect after the injection:
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