Diagnosing & 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:
- 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 TelaCare 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:
- Ice treatment
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Wrist splint