What is the best treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel is a syndrome that results from too much pressure on one of the main nerves in your hand and wrist area. It’s a fairly common issue, especially in today’s world, when many people sit at desks for their work and type frequently on a keyboard, a repetitive motion that may be linked to the development of carpal tunnel. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the issue. However, if it is caught early enough, there are a variety of lifestyles, or more conservative treatments, available.
One of the most common treatments is known as a wrist splint, which is a device you wear over your hand and wrist that helps relieve the pressure on the nerve. Depending on the advice of your specialist, you may be required to wear the splint only at night, or during the day when you are participating in the activity that may be aggravating or contributing to the carpal tunnel. Some lifestyle adjustments may be recommended, such as taking breaks or reducing the activity causing the issue as much as possible, or using cold packs to ease the tension in your hands and wrist. Over the counter NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen may also help with pain and discomfort. More current research has shown that physical therapy can have a positive impact on carpal tunnel syndrome, and this is what we can offer to you at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare. In addition to providing information and advice about how to adjust your lifestyle, our physical therapists can work with your hand and wrist area to ease pain and tension, and improve movement in the area.
What doctor helps with carpal tunnel?
Various healthcare providers may have a role in diagnosing, treating, and helping monitor your carpal tunnel syndrome. Typically, symptoms are first discussed with your primary healthcare provider or family doctor, who may refer you to a specialist such as a surgeon, if symptoms have progressed significantly or are very severe. Since carpal tunnel syndrome can also occur in pregnancy, you may be referred to an obstetrician or gynecologist, to learn the best and safest way to manage the syndrome throughout pregnancy.
With the more common non-surgical treatments available, a physical therapist is a professional that can help treat and manage carpal tunnel. At Hoboken Integrated Healthcare, we have a team of physical therapists that are trained in working with patients that have carpal tunnel syndrome, and can help relieve and manage symptoms through physical exercises and other interventions.
When should I see a doctor about my carpal tunnel?
It is best that you see a healthcare professional at the earliest possible stage of carpal tunnel syndrome, or if you suspect you may be having symptoms, but are unsure. Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause nerve and other types of damage if left untreated, and often, if symptoms have progressed to a certain extent, surgery may be the only option. Since surgery can be time consuming and disruptive to your daily life because of the recovery time, it’s better to seek out and start more conservative treatment early on. At Hoboken Integrated Healthcare, our therapists can work with you at any stage of your carpal tunnel symptoms, and can help with non-surgical treatment options.
Is there a permanent solution to get rid of my carpal tunnel?
If you are able to intervene and begin conservative treatment options in the early stages of carpal tunnel syndrome, some evidence has shown that it can be solved that way. As mentioned, this can include things like a wrist and hand splint, physical therapy, chiropractic care, cold packs and the use of NSAIDs to reduce pain and discomfort. If your carpal tunnel is related to pregnancy, then usually, the issue will resolve postpartum. If the carpal tunnel syndrome is considerably advanced and symptoms are severe, surgery is usually the only way to permanently solve it, and in some cases, it may not completely go away even after surgery.
Our team of physical therapists at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare can help you avoid carpal tunnel surgery with our physical treatments. Hoboken Integrated Healthcare Center is located at 90 Hudson St Hoboken, NJ 07030. Please give us a call or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Hoboken NJ, Jersey City NJ, Union City NJ, Secaucus NJ, Newark NJ, and North Bergen NJ.