Carpal Tunnel Treatment Online

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the palm of the hand.

Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Clumsiness
  • And more.

Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Online

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when pressure is put on the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the palm of the hand through a small passageway, called the carpal tunnel. This passageway also contains tendons that bend the fingers, ligaments, and bone. The median nerve controls movement and feeling for the thumb, pointer finger, middle finger, and portions of the ring finger. It does not control movement or sensation of the pinky finger.

Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include overuse or repeated hand and arm movements for prolonged periods of time. Some activities or reasons that may cause carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Sewing
  • Cleaning
  • Assembly line work
  • Pregnancy, which causes a change in hormones and results in swelling
  • Underlying conditions, including hyperthyroidism and rheumatoid arthritis; and diabetes

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to carpal tunnel syndrome. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome may include:

  • Rest
  • Ice treatment
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Wrist splint
  • Surgery

 

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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • What are some exercises I can do at home for carpal tunnel syndrome?

    Some activities that may provide relief for carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include:

    • Shaking your hands in a motion similar to when you’ve washed your hands and want to air dry them.
    • Make a fist and then fan your fingers out, stretching them until they are completely straight.
    • Sit upright with hands straight out and in line with shoulders. Face palms up, perpendicular with forearms, then flip them downwards, forming a claw. Repeat.
    • Place your forearm on the table and hold a relatively light weight in your hand. Flex wrist up and down without moving forearm off the table.
  • What does a wrist brace do for carpal tunnel?

    Wrist braces provide relief from carpal tunnel symptoms because they keep your wrist straight. When your wrist is held straight by the brace, it will take pressure off the median nerve, which is what causes carpal tunnel syndrome.

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