Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment for Patients From Rochelle, IL & Surrounding Areas
Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment may be necessary if the median nerve in the wrist is subjected to excess pressure. This condition can create pain, numbness, and tingling sensations in the affected arm, hand, and fingers. Individuals who are experiencing these types of symptoms in Rochelle and the surrounding Illinois areas are welcome to consult with a hand and wrist specialist at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute.
Located at the base of the palm, the carpal tunnel is a narrow space that houses the median nerve, which provides sensation and movement to the forearm, wrist, and hand. If the carpal tunnel is encroached by inflamed tissue, the median nerve can become compressed. When under pressure, the nerve can sometimes transmit incorrect messages that falsely signal pain. Compression can also affect the ability of the nerve to control the muscles it serves.
If diagnosed and treated early, carpal tunnel syndrome can usually be addressed without surgery. Oftentimes, non-surgical treatment can relieve symptoms and prevent the condition from worsening. After confirming a diagnosis, a physician at MOI will typically advise a patient to begin with one or more conservative carpal tunnel syndrome treatment options, such as:
- Activity modification to change the patterns of hand and wrist usage that aggravate the condition
- Bracing or splinting
- Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Ice applications as needed
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Steroid injections into the carpal tunnel
If a patient’s symptoms improve enough to allow for physical therapy, MOI has a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation practice that offers a variety of therapeutic services. We have four locations serving the community, including one in Rochelle, IL, and our outstanding staff includes a certified hand therapist, licensed physical and occupational therapists, certified athletic trainers, and licensed massage therapists.
Surgical carpal tunnel syndrome treatment is generally considered only if the symptoms are severe or do not improve with conservative measures. If this is the case, a surgeon at MOI may be able to create more space for the median nerve by releasing the ligament that forms the roof of the tunnel on the palm side of the hand. After the carpal tunnel is enlarged, pressure on the median nerve may be reduced, causing the symptoms to improve.
Individuals in Rochelle, IL, who would like to learn more about the carpal tunnel syndrome treatment options available at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute can contact us today.