Ask the Expert: Am I getting carpal tunnel?

by admin June 13, 2011

TOI physicians answer common musculoskeletal questions


Question:
I am developing increasing pain in my wrist and thumb, especially when I try to open large, jars, (i.e., pickles or mayonnaise). Am I getting carpal tunnel syndrome?


Answer:
It is more likely that you are in the early stages of osteoarthritis affecting the base of your thumb. Wearing a thumb spica splint at night may greatly decrease your daytime pains. Over the counter analgesics, such as naproxen or ibuprofen may help in addition to the splint use.

 

James B. Slattery, M.D.

Board Certified – Orthopaedic Surgery

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