Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common illness that affects the hands and wrists. Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel include numbness, pain, and “tingly” sensations in the fingers, wrists, or arms, and difficulty grasping or gripping due to discomfort or weakness. These symptoms may be more intense at night or in cold temperatures.

Carpal Tunnel is caused by swelling of the tissues and tendons in the Carpal Tunnel area of the wrist, which may result from prolonged pressure on the nerves in the wrist in certain positions. Diabetes, thyroid disease, arthritis, joint dislocation, and wrist fractures can all contribute to Carpal Tunnel.

At Urgent Care LA, our doctors will diagnose Carpal Tunnel by conducting a physical examination, reviewing your medical history, and asking you questions about your lifestyle and symptoms. The doctor may have you perform a variety of tasks with your hands during the exam. If there is another illness causing the Carpal Tunnel, or Carpal Tunnel-like symptoms, the doctors will work to treat that. To treat the Carpal Tunnel itself, your Urgent Care LA doctor might ask you to refrain from certain activities, or to change the way you do them. The doctor might also suggest wear a splint at night, or might prescribe anti-inflammatory medication. Surgery is the best option for some patients, but not all—your doctor will help you decide what option is best for you.

This is not a substitute for a professional, on-site medical diagnosis. Visit your doctor or other healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis of your condition.