My Arms and Hands Are Tingling, What Could It Be?

If your arms, hands, or wrists are hurting, or if you feel numbness or tingling, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. This common condition affects people of all ages. It can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. 

But, if your condition is bad enough, you may need surgery. That’s when it’s time to see Daniel Fox, MD, FACS, and our skilled team at the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine PA in Toms River, New Jersey.

Patients across Ocean County trust us to provide relief from their symptoms so they can go on with their lives. So, whether your goal is to be more productive at work or to be able to play golf again without numbness or pain in your wrists or hands, we can help. 

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an ailment that frequently develops when a nerve in the forearm is pinched, resulting in pain, numbness, or tingling in the hand and wrist. If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome could lead to lasting nerve damage and weakness, and the ability to use your hands could be affected.

Could it be something else? 

There are other conditions affecting the nerves in the arms and hands like cubital tunnel syndrome and radial tunnel syndrome. Like carpal tunnel syndrome, these conditions are diagnosed through an examination and nerve conduction tests like electromyography.

They can all lead to pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness. You’re probably familiar with the feeling of pins and needles in your feet when you sit in one position too long or when you rest your arm on something for too long.

Cubital tunnel syndrome

This is caused by pressure on the ulnar nerve, which sits near the interior elbow. This area is also called the “funny bone.”

Radial tunnel syndrome

The radial nerve is located in the neck and travels down the arm to the hand. Repetitive motion that twists the wrist can make this condition worse.

The only way to know if you have carpal tunnel syndrome or one of these other conditions is to make an appointment with Dr. Fox or one of our other skilled surgeons at the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. After a comprehensive examination and testing, we’ll discuss our findings and explain your treatment options.

If you do need surgery, trust our team at the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine PA in Toms River, New Jersey, to help you get the best results. Book an appointment online or call 732-242-7827 today. 

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