The Hand Center welcomes Jill Putnam, MD to the practice! Dr. Putnam started September 1st.
The experts at The Hand Center offer customized care for the pain and numbness that comes with carpal tunnel syndrome. At their four offices in Hartford, Bloomfield, Glastonbury, and Tolland, Connecticut, the physicians provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations to confirm carpal tunnel syndrome. They tailor treatment to your needs and offer minimally invasive, endoscopic surgery to provide you with long-term relief. If you frequently lose feeling in your hands or fingers, schedule a diagnostic evaluation for carpal tunnel syndrome online or by phone at The Hand Center office nearest you.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes electric jolts of pain in the wrist and hand due to excess pressure on your median nerve. This large nerve runs through the carpal tunnel in your wrist and provides sensations to your hand and fingers.
The pressure on the median nerve can be the result of chronic irritation and inflammation from repetitive movements or from direct pressure that’s common when you use a computer keyboard and mouse.
You can also develop carpal tunnel syndrome if you have arthritis or wrist fractures that cause the carpal tunnel to narrow and press on the median nerve or if you were born with a narrow wrist canal.
Over time, the symptoms of carpal tunnel can become more serious and interfere with the function of your arm and fingers.
The hallmark symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome is an electric shocklike sensation when you move your hand or wrist in a certain way, like when you throw a ball or type on a computer keyboard.
Other common signs that can indicate that carpal tunnel syndrome is affecting your wrist, hand, and fingers are:
You could find that it becomes increasingly difficult to grasp or hold objects in your hand.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome tend to develop gradually over several years. When you no longer have the full function of your wrist or hand due to carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, schedule an evaluation at The Hand Center as soon as possible.
Once your provider at The Hand Center confirms with a physical exam and X-rays that your symptoms relate to carpal tunnel syndrome, they create a treatment plan that focuses on relieving your symptoms.
Conservative treatments include medications to reduce inflammation and ease the pain. You might also benefit from hand therapy to strengthen your hand and fingers and the use of a splint to give your nerve time to heal.
When conservative care isn’t enough to address carpal tunnel symptoms, surgery to widen the carpal tunnel and release pressure on the median nerve could be used. The team at The Hand Center does this type of surgery using either conventional methods or minimally invasive endoscopy.
Endoscopy involves inserting a slender instrument through a small incision to release pressure on the nerve. Smaller incisions heal faster, cause less pain, and minimize your risk of scars.
If you have worsening symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, schedule a consultation at The Hand Center office nearest you by phone or by using the online booking system.