Ask the Doctor with Dr. Bradford Mitchell

Q: I’ve been dealing with carpal tunnel for a while, but lately the pain has progressed. Are there any non-surgical options for long-lasting treatment?

A: “In short: it depends on the severity of your condition.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can cause numbness, pain, and even weakness of the hand because of a compressed median nerve in the wrist. Maintaining a flexed or extended wrist position can lead to CTS, so wearing a brace or splint can help reduce pressure on the median nerve by keeping the wrist in a neutral position. Bracing can be especially helpful at night to prevent you from bending your wrist while you sleep, or when doing activities that worsen your symptoms.

Identifying aggravating activities and avoiding repetitive hand use is important in managing CTS. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help relieve inflammation and pain, and corticosteroids (even stronger anti-inflammatories) can be injected near the median nerve.

These nonoperative treatments can be especially helpful for milder cases, but in severe CTS, surgical treatment is often needed to prevent permanent nerve damage. That’s why it’s important to see a physician who is experienced in treating CTS for appropriate evaluation and management.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitchell, call (423) 624-2696 or click here for online scheduling options.

Dr. Bradford Mitchell

Bradford Mitchell, MD

Bradford Mitchell, MD, is a fellowship trained primary care sports medicine physician who specializes in non-operative treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Call today to schedule or click her for online scheduling options.

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