Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Specialist

North Shore Rehabilitation Associates

Physical Rehabilitation located in Great Neck, NY

If you’re experiencing pain or numbness in your hand or fingers, the problem may actually be in your wrist — your carpal tunnel, to be exact. At North Shore Rehab Associates, Alex Roit, DC, uses a multi-pronged approach to put an end to the problems created by carpal tunnel syndrome — with long-lasting results. If you’re in Great Neck, New York, call or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Q & A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Your carpal tunnel is on the underside of your wrist, and it provides passage for nine flexor tendons and your median nerve, which controls sensation for all of your fingers except your pinkie. The small tunnel (only about an inch wide) is made up of carpal bones on the sides and floor, and the roof is formed by your transverse carpal ligament.

With carpal tunnel syndrome, inflammation in your synovial tissue crowds and compresses your median nerve, which can lead to both functional and comfort issues in your hand.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

The main symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome present themselves in your hand, usually around and below your thumb, and include:

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty with tasks that require precision (buttoning your shirt, for example)

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive condition and rarely gets better on its own (and often grows worse), making prompt medical attention at North Shore Rehab Associates a good idea.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

There are many issues that can cause swelling in your wrist, including:

  • Repetitive use
  • Poor positioning of your wrist for long periods (think typing at a keyboard)
  • Pregnancy (hormones appear to play a role)
  • Heredity (your carpal tunnel may be naturally smaller)

As people spend more time in front of computers, carpal tunnel syndrome has become an increasing threat for many office workers.

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

In cases of treatment-resistant carpal tunnel syndrome, doctors have turned to a minor surgical procedure to make more room in the small space by releasing the ligament that transverses the roof. At his practice, Dr. Roit takes a different approach, using cold laser therapy, which avoids the unnecessary risks of surgery.

With cold laser, Dr. Roit delivers low-level laser energy into the tissue to promote new cell growth and reduce inflammation. This noninvasive technique allows your body to heal on its own for long-term results and works especially well when you combine it with other treatments, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Posture correction
  • Bracing
  • Icing

The earlier you address carpal tunnel syndrome, the better your results, so make an appointment with Dr. Roit today if you suspect you may be dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.