Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Specialist

Space City Pain Specialists

Pain Management Physicians located in Webster, League City, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, TX

One of the byproducts of extensive keyboard use in today’s tech world is carpal tunnel syndrome. To relieve the pain and numbness that often accompany the condition, the doctors at Space City Pain Specialists offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. If you’re in Webster, Baytown, League City, Texas City, Clear Lake, or Friendswood and you’d like to explore your treatment options, call or request an appointment using the online scheduler.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Q & A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Your carpal tunnel is located on the underside of your wrist and is about as crowded as any city tunnel during rush hour. This narrow space, which is about an inch wide, provides passage for your median nerve, which controls the feeling in four of your fingers (all except your pinkie finger), and nine flexor tendons, which control the movements in your fingers.

The floor and sides of your carpal tunnel are made up of small carpal bones, and the roof is made from your transverse carpal ligament. In other words, there’s very little give in this small area.

As a result, when there’s inflammation, it puts pressure on your median nerve, which can lead to pain, tingling, and numbness in your hand.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Each of your tendons is surrounded by a lubricating membrane called a synovium, which is what allows all of your tendons to work together in this tight space. When this membrane swells, it can place pressure on your median nerve. This swelling often occurs as a result of repetitive use, such as hours spent typing at a keyboard. It can also crop up because of poor positioning of your wrist and hand.

There are other factors that contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome, such as:

  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity — some people have naturally smaller carpal tunnels
  • Pre-existing health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes

The best way to find out whether you have carpal tunnel syndrome is to see one of the doctors at Space City Pain Specialists for an expert evaluation.

What are the treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome?

After reviewing your symptoms and performing a comprehensive examination, your doctor turns to a treatment plan that fits your particular situation and your goals. This plan may include:

  • RICE — rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Activity adjustments

Your doctor likes to start out conservatively, only getting more aggressive if the condition doesn’t respond. If your carpal tunnel syndrome is persistent, your doctor may recommend surgery to release the pressure on your median nerve.

If you’re suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, call Space City Pain Specialists or request an appointment using the online scheduler.