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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Specialist

California Pain Medicine Center -  - Pain Management Specialist

California Pain Medicine Center

Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes wrist and hand problems in up to 10 million adults every year. At California Pain Medicine Center, the leading team of pain management specialists understands the pain, numbness, and other frustrating symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. With their care, you can get relief. Call the office in Santa Monica, California, or use the online scheduling tool to easily request an appointment with the team today.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Q & A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is nerve entrapment within your wrist. Your carpal tunnel — the bone passageway in your wrist — houses the main hand nerve (the median nerve), the flexor tendons that control finger movements, and the synovium tissue around your tendons. The transverse carpal ligament tightly stretches over the top of the carpal tunnel. 

If the synovial tissue inside your carpal tunnel swells, it can trap your median nerve between the carpal tunnel bones and the transverse carpal ligament, causing carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition can cause a range of uncomfortable issues. 

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome? 

Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause issues in your hand and in all of the fingers except the little finger. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Clumsiness

In some cases, your carpal tunnel symptoms may extend up your arm as well. Symptoms may come and go but usually grow more frequently over time. Many people have particularly severe symptoms at night because they may sleep with their wrists bent.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Usually, several factors contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. They include:

  • Inherited small carpal tunnel
  • Repetitive hand and wrist movements
  • Prolonged dramatic hand or wrist flexion
  • Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy
  • Chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes

Women are three times more likely to have carpal tunnel syndrome than their male counterparts, and older adults of both sexes are more likely to develop this condition than younger ones. 

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

Carpal tunnel treatment usually starts with conservative care. This typically includes activity changes, rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and a brace or splint. The earlier you seek care, the more likely that conservative measures can help. 

If your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are severe and conservative therapies aren’t working, the team at California Pain Medicine Center may recommend steroid injections. Injections of steroid medications directly into your wrist reduce persistent inflammation that presses on your nerves to relieve pain. 

In some cases, you may need surgery to release a compressed nerve in your wrist. California Pain Medicine Center offers a comprehensive rehabilitation program to restore full function in your wrist following surgery. They can also help you manage any post-surgical pain you have.  

If your wrist and hand don’t feel or function like they once did, carpal tunnel syndrome could be the reason. Reach out to California Pain Medicine Center by phone or through the online appointment tool now.