Carpal Tunnel

Advanced Arthritis Solutions

Margaret Gradzka, M.D.

Rheumatologist located in Fairfax, VA

Dr. Margaret Gradzka at Advanced Arthritis Solutions in Fairfax, Virginia, has more than 20 years of experience helping patients who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome find lasting relief. Using nonsurgical carpal tunnel release (CTR), she strives to relieve the pain of this common hand and wrist condition as effectively and quickly as possible. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about how CTR can treat your carpal tunnel pain.

Carpal Tunnel Q & A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most commonly treated condition of the hand and wrist. Approximately one in 100 people suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, and upwards of one in 20 people in the workforce have this condition.

It usually occurs when a repetitive motion over a long period of time causes a nerve in your wrist or hand to get compressed. At Advanced Arthritis Solutions, Dr. Gradzka and her team are experienced in treating carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you have any or a combination of the following symptoms, it could indicate you have carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Numbness, pain, or tingling in your wrist, hand, or fingers
  • A “shocking” sensation when performing certain motions
  • Weakness and lack of coordination in your hand and wrist
  • Pain in your wrist and hand when you wake up in the morning

Often these symptoms begin as mild irritation and may come and go at first, clearing up without treatment. However, the damage done to the nerve and surrounding tissues may get worse. If this happens, the pain becomes more frequent and will require medical intervention from a specialist like Dr. Gradzka.  

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

Depending on the severity of your symptoms and extent of your nerve damage, Dr. Gradzka may opt for a treatment plan ranging from simple solutions to more aggressive interventions.  

Treatment options for cases of mild carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Drug therapy
  • Wearing a wrist splint
  • Physical therapy
  • Activity changes

If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome may progress and require more advanced treatments such as:

  • BioFlex Laser TherapyⓇ
  • HivamatⓇ deep oscillation therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgical carpal tunnel release

What is carpal tunnel release?

As a treatment for severe carpal tunnel syndrome, Dr. Gradzka also offers nonsurgical CTR on-site.

In order to relieve the pressure on the nerve causing pain and tingling, small amounts of fluid are injected around the nerve itself. This decreases the compression on the nerve and allows it to move normally, thus relieving the symptoms.

Dr. Gradzka performs this procedure using ultrasound guidance and often relieves her patients suffering, as well as avoiding the need for surgery.

What are ways carpal tunnel syndrome can be prevented?

Some ways to prevent the irritation of the nerves and structures of your hands and wrists brought on by carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Avoiding repetitive motions that extend your wrist too far in one direction
  • Adjusting seating or keyboard to allow your wrist to rest in a neutral position
  • Keeping your hands and wrists warm
  • Taking frequent breaks at work

If you think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, don’t wait until the damage becomes significant. Call or book an appointment online today for a consultation with Dr. Gradzka.