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Carpal Tunnel

Sports Medicine & Non-Surgical Orthopedic Physicians located in Boulder and Centennial, CO

Carpal Tunnel services offered in Centennial and Boulder, CO

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common overuse injury, affecting 1%-5% of American adults. It’s commonly associated with manual jobs, like construction, but it also affects white-collar workers. At Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics in Boulder and Centennial, Colorado, sports medicine specialists offer nonsurgical, minimally invasive care for carpal tunnel syndrome. Call Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics today to schedule a carpal tunnel consultation, or book your appointment online.

My hand and wrist hurt, could it be carpal tunnel?

It’s likely. Carpal tunnel, or carpal tunnel syndrome, occurs when the median nerve –– a nerve that helps you move your wrist, forearm, and fingers –– is compressed or pinched by bones or surrounding ligaments.

Most carpal tunnel pain is mild and improves independently with rest and activity changes. But if your symptoms continue for days or weeks, seek a diagnosis right away.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel symptoms include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling or pain
  • Decreased feeling in the fingertips
  • Difficulty holding things like pens and pencils
  • Hand weakness
  • Dropping objects

As carpal tunnel gets worse, routine tasks, like buttoning your shirt or brushing your teeth, become more and more difficult.

Does carpal tunnel only affect office and factory workers?

No. Carpal tunnel affects people from all backgrounds and occupations. It’s more common in people who use hand tools or perform repetitive motions at work. But it also affects athletes and those who use their hands or wrists for hobbies, like knitting.

How does a sports medicine specialist diagnose carpal tunnel?

Your Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and examines your hand and wrist, checking for redness, swelling, and bruising. Next, they complete several tests, including:

Tinel’s sign test

During this test, your provider lightly taps on your median nerve. If the tapping causes tingling or numbness in your fingers, you likely have carpal tunnel.

Wrist flexion (or Phalen) test

During this test, you place your elbows on a table and allow your wrists to fall forward freely. If you have carpal tunnel, this causes tingling and numbness in your fingers within about 60 seconds.

If your provider suspects another health problem, like arthritis, they order X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs.

How does a sports medicine specialist treat carpal tunnel?

Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics uses minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatments to manage carpal tunnel. They can suggest:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or a mild prescription narcotic to relieve pain
  • Bracing
  • Driving restrictions
  • Work restrictions
  • Exercise restrictions
  • Isometric exercises to strengthen your wrist and hands
  • Physical therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Prolotherapy
  • Ultrasound-guided injections
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Walking

After 4-6 weeks of conservative treatments, you can add hand-based activities, like throwing and rock climbing, to your schedule.

Call Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics today to schedule carpal tunnel treatment, or book your appointment online.