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Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel services offered in Jacksonville and Middleburg, FL

Up to 5% of adults in the United States experience frequent pain, tingling, and weakness in their hands and wrist caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. At Integrity Spine & Orthopedics, our team specializes in diagnosing and treating carpal tunnel syndrome. We focus on nonsurgical therapies like injections to relieve the inflammation that contributes to pain in your wrist, hands, and fingers. Our orthopedic specialists also offer minimally invasive surgery to treat the more severe symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Call our office in Jacksonville, Florida, or request an appointment online today. 

Carpal Tunnel Q & A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

When you have carpal tunnel syndrome, bone fragments or swollen ligaments press on the median nerve. This nerve runs down your arm through the narrow passageway (carpal tunnel) on the palm side of your hand and provides sensation to your hand and fingers.

Pressure on the median nerve can result from a narrowing of the carpal tunnel due to aging. You might also be at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome because of:

  • Obesity
  • Wrist fractures
  • Bone spurs
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

If you work in a job, play sports, or participate in activities that require repetitive movements of your wrist, hands, and fingers, it can trigger inflammation that presses on the median nerve.

Other risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome include having conditions like diabetes that cause nerve damage. Women tend to naturally have a narrower carpal tunnel. This puts them at a higher risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome than men.

When should I seek treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Integrity Spine & Orthopedics for carpal tunnel syndrome if you have symptoms that affect your arm, wrist, hand, or fingers. These symptoms can range from mild to debilitating and include:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling

Typically, symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome begin gradually and worsen slowly over time. Without treatment, your symptoms can become crippling.

Our orthopedic team uses advanced diagnostics to evaluate the health of your median nerve and identify the underlying cause of nerve compression.

Depending on the results of your evaluation, we design a treatment plan to relieve pressure on the median nerve. This eases pain and increases the function of your hand, wrist, and fingers.

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

Your initial treatment for mild to moderate symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can involve medication to reduce inflammation and pain and lifestyle changes to relieve pressure on the nerve. You might also benefit from a wrist splint that stabilizes your wrist, preventing nerve compression.

If oral medication isn’t enough to treat your symptoms, we may recommend anesthetic and anti-inflammatory injections. These injections deliver medication directly into the carpal tunnel to ease pain and swelling.

When symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome prevent you from using your hand and wrist, you might need surgery. The surgery aims to cut ligaments in your wrist that press on the median nerve.

Our surgical team uses minimally invasive techniques that require only small incisions to access the ligaments, so you heal faster and with less pain and bleeding.

Call Integrity Spine & Orthopedics to schedule a diagnostic evaluation of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms or book an appointment online today.