Yes, you can! Most people think that the only way to get carpal tunnel syndrome is from repetitive injuries from work. However, carpal tunnel syndrome in my experience is actually very common in car wreck cases.
Ok, so what is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve is injured or compressed in your wrist. The “tunnel” is at the base of your palm. This often results in numbness, tingling and pain in the palm and the thumb, index and middle finger. Sometimes the ring finger is involved as well. People often wake up at night with pain and numbness in the hand.
How do you get carpal tunnel from a car accident?
Frequently people brace their hands against the steering wheel during an accident. When a person hits someone or gets hit in a wreck, the steering wheel compresses the nerve in the palm, injuring the nerve. This then leads to further swelling and compression of the nerve.
How do you test for carpal tunnel syndrome?
Nerve testing can be done by Dr. Beck that is very good at diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome.
How do you treat carpal tunnel syndrome?
Anti-inflammatory medicines such as Motrin and rest often are effective. Bracing and special exercises can also be used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. In some cases, surgery is necessary to decompress the nerve and relieve the pain.
What do I need to do if I think I have carpal tunnel syndrome from my car wreck?
Call us at 256-535-8260 for an appointment! We can perform nerve testing to accurately diagnose and treat your condition.