What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that is experienced by many people globally, and it manifests as pain or weakness in the hand and wrist. This occurs because of high pressure on the median nerve in the wrist, which is responsible for sensation in the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger. The Loredo Hand Care Institute, in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX, is ready to attend to any questions and/or concerns pertaining to carpal tunnel syndrome.
The carpal tunnel is essentially a small tube within the wrist that gives way for the median nerve and other ligaments to connect the hand to the forearm. When too much pressure is applied to this region, there may be uncomfortable sensations such as numbing, tingling, and pain.
Signs and Symptoms
Carpal tunnel syndrome has two main symptoms, including:
- Tingling/numbness. If you are experiencing tingling and/or numbness in your thumb, index, middle, ring finger, or your entire hand, you may be experiencing this syndrome. These symptoms can also go up to your arm. Please consult The Loredo Hand Care Institute, at Grapevine, Dallas, TX, to be sure.
- Weakness. The numbness may result in feelings of weakness, such that you are unable to proceed with daily tasks that involve holding objects or using your thumb.
There are a few ways to prevent the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome, including:
- Relaxing your hand. If you write a lot, take some time to stretch out your hand or use a bigger pen with a softer grip.
- Take breaks. Relax your hand and also take frequent breaks (minutes).
- Form. Do not bend your wrist too much.
- Posture. Having bad posture can definitely affect your wrist and cause neck pain too, so make sure you are sitting correctly.
- Change the computer mouse. It may not be comfortable, so change it to a size that is better.
- Warmth. Keeping your hand warm can help.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful and uncomfortable occurrence and would require some medical attention. The Loredo Hand Care Institute, in Grapevine ( serving patients in the Dallas area near the Grapevine office location), Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX, is ready to attend to your needs! Book your appointment today at (972) 939-4974, and relieve your symptoms.
Trigger finger is the condition where your finger, or thumb, becomes locked in a bent position impacting the smooth movement of the joints. It's important to address the condition early as it can sometimes be remedied noninvasively, but it may require surgery to return to your hand's proper function. It all begins with a consultation, so if you would like to learn more, get in contact with Dr. Pedro Loredo of Loredo Hand Care Institute with offices in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX.
The most obvious symptom of a trigger finger is the difficulty in extending it again after curling it. In more advanced stages this can prove so hard to do that you may need to use your other hand to straighten it. Other symptoms include a popping or clicking sound at the joint, as well as tenderness, and a visible bump at the base of your finger.
A variety of factors can put you at risk for developing a trigger finger, but it often affects those who engage in repetitive physical activity. Age, diabetes, and arthritis, among others, have also been shown to contribute to the condition.
When dealing with early trigger finger symptoms the first recommended step is rest. Taking a few weeks off from the repetitive task that is causing the condition along with the application of ice or heat can lessen inflammation. Over-the-counter medicine can further help with this. But it is always a good idea to visit a specialist if you see no improvement, and before attempting further treatment on your own. Untreated, or mistreated trigger finger can become very serious and can lead to permanent damage.
Trigger Finger Treatment in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX
Your doctor will examine your hand and determine the best course of action. Physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and medication can manage the pain. Surgery may be necessary when these don't prove effective.
Your path toward relief begins with a consultation, so make an appointment today with Dr. Loredo of Loredo Hand Care Institute by dialing (972) 939-4974 for service in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX.
Dr. Pedro Loredo treats workman's compensation injuries for patients who have been injured at work. Loredo Hand Care Institute serves Dallas, Branch, Richardson, and Grapevine, TX. You should seek treatment for any kind of injury, but if you've been injured at work in the Dallas, TX, area it's important to get a medical assessment from a doctor as soon as possible.
What does workman's comp mean?
Workman's compensation provides people with benefits, namely reasonable and necessary medical care if they become ill or injured on the job. This can be due to a specific incident or accident, or due to the long-term effects of a job on the body. Even when safety protocols are followed accidents can happen, and you could still be entitled to medical care.
To receive workman's compensation benefits, you'll need a medical diagnosis from a doctor. Your doctor will assess your need for medical treatment, any physical restrictions or limitations you have because of the injury, and your likelihood of recovery. If there has been an accident like a fall or equipment malfunction that caused an injury it's important to be evaluated right away, especially if you are in pain. Most common types of workman's compensation injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Crush injuries
Treating Workman's comp injuries
Once you have been diagnosed your treatment will depend on your injury or condition and you may be referred to a specialist. Treatment could include physical or occupational therapy and may involve medication to manage pain. Your doctor will continue to evaluate you throughout your rehabilitation to assess if and when you can return to work. It's important to be honest with your doctor about your pain and symptoms at every stage of recovery.
Your doctor will play an important role in your workman's compensation case. Documenting all your visits and records makes it easier to claim your benefits with fewer disputes with insurance, so keep track of your care and expenses.
Loredo Hand Care Institute is here for you if you've been injured at work. Dr. Loredo treats patients living in Dallas, Branch, Richardson, and Grapevine, TX. Contact us for an appointment at (972) 939-4974.
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