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Years at a computer keyboard and certain medical conditions are among the things that can cause hand pain from carpal tunnel syndrome. This common wrist condition happens when irritated nerves and tendons narrow the tunnel in your wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause permanent hand numbness if left untreated.
If you or a loved one is experiencing carpal tunnel symptoms in Central California, we can help. For the care you need, Find a Doctor for carpal tunnel relief at Dignity Health Central California.
In addition to hand pain, you can experience burning, tingling, shock-like sensations, and strange feelings in your hand, wrist, and all the way up your arm to your shoulder. You also can lose grip strength and have hand weakness.
Your doctor will review these symptoms with you, as well as your family medical history since narrow carpal tunnels tend to run in families. Age, overuse, and other medical conditions, such as diabetes, also increase your risk of developing the condition.
Since using your hands is such an important part of your daily activities, your doctor will want to start treatment and prevent further complications. Your health and well-being remain our priority at Dignity Health Central California.
Our orthopedic doctors will design a treatment plan focused on your health and well-being. Initial options that don’t involve surgery include using braces or splints and changing the way you use your hands. An occupational or physical therapist will work with you on hand movement and the right way to use your hands at work.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroid injections also can help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Surgery may be needed for severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome or those that do not respond to other treatment.
To avoid future wrist problems, meet with an orthopedic doctor at Dignity Health Central California.
Dignity Health Central California orthopedic doctors offer prevention and treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.