Peripheral Joint Injections in Ventura
Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when there is consistent stress on the nerves in the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a passageway through the wrist on the palm side of the hand. The median nerve goes through the carpal tunnel and branches off to most of the fingers (except the little finger).
If the carpal tunnel becomes inflamed, then swelling can press on the median nerve, which can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and swelling in the hand, wrist, elbows and even shoulders.
Carpal tunnel syndrome happens to people who do repetitive motions, often at work. Any motion that keeps bending the wrist forward can cause pain in the median nerve.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually treated first with physical therapy, over-the-counter medications, wrist splints, ice packs and ergonomic adjustments. When these treatments do not work, some people rush to surgery. There are over 200,000 surgeries performed yearly for carpal tunnel syndrome.
However, before having surgery people should consider trying less invasive peripheral joint injections, which can be very effective.
A doctor normally does a peripheral joint injection just off the middle of the wrist. The doctor may use X-ray guidance to place the needle when doing a peripheral joint injection. These injections use a combination of painkiller and steroids to provide much-needed relief to the median nerve.
Carpal tunnel syndrome does not affect the knees, but the lower part of the body can suffer from similar types of pain. A peripheral joint injection can also help knees that are inflamed and in pain. Peripheral joint injections are a powerful non-surgical option that can bring relief for several months.
If you are suffering from symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, please call our office at 805-351-0745 to make an appointment. The doctor will do a thorough exam and tell you what your pain relief options are. Don’t suffer in silence. Call today.