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The carpal tunnel is a passageway through the wrist on the palm side of the hand where the median nerve travels through. The median nerve provides sensation and motor function to the muscles at the base of the thumb and all the fingers except the little finger. When the carpal tunnel has inflammation or puts pressure on the median nerve, carpal tunnel syndrome can occur, affecting hand function. Our team at DOCS Health offers carpal tunnel injection treatment at our medical center in Los Angeles.

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects many people that use their hands and wrists to complete repetitive motions. Computer work, hand tools and any motion that includes bending the wrist forward can irritate the median nerve inside the carpal tunnel. There are also other risk factors linked to injuries and health conditions. These include obesity, arthritis, wrist fractures, diabetes and fluid changes that can cause narrowing of the carpal tunnel.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness or tingling in the thumb plus the index, middle and ring finger. Weakness is also common, impacting the ability to grip or perform intricate finger movement. Patients with carpal tunnel may also experience pain in the wrist and hand. It is common for numbness and pain in the wrist and hand to interrupt sleep.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Conservative treatments are recommended for carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Stretching, OTC medications, wrist splints and preventive techniques can help relieve symptoms. When conservative treatments are not effective, corticosteroid injection may be recommended. A steroid injection can relieve inflammation within the carpal tunnel that causes pressure on the median nerve, relieving wrist and hand pain, as well as restoring function.

Carpal tunnel injections are completed by one of our pain or orthopedic specialists at DOCS Health. We utilize advanced imaging to ensure injections are precisely placed for safety and effectiveness. Steroid injections can begin providing relief in a few days once the anti-inflammatory effects begin reducing pressure on the median nerve.

If you have symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, interventional treatments can offer relief. To learn more about carpal tunnel injections, contact our team at DOCS Health in Beverly Hills, CA, to schedule a consultation.