Pain

Paul Sandhu, MD -  - Pain Management

Pain Solvers

Paul Sandhu, MD

Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine located in North Beach/Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA & Pleasant Hill, CA

You may expect a little pain now and then as you move through life. However, when the pain lasts weeks, months, even years, it can become difficult to cope. Pain Solvers provides expert consultations on underlying causes of pain at their office in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco, with an additional location in Pleasant Hill, California, for dedicated patient treatment. Their experienced practitioners have the skills required to treat your pain and restore your optimism. Schedule a visit at Pain Solvers today. Call the office or book your visit online.

Pain Q & A

What causes pain?

Pain has numerous underlying causes that may include injury, overuse, chronic disease, or surgical trauma that can damage muscles, nerves, tendons, bones, and other tissue structures within your body. Pain does have one common thread, however — your brain determines you’re in pain via signals sent by your nerves. And sometimes those signals can make life miserable.  

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), for instance, is a common ailment that comes from compression and irritation of the median nerve as it travels through your wrist. This can result in persistent pain and weakness in the affected hand, making it hard to grip a paintbrush or hold a water glass.

Regardless of the cause, the complex nature of pain often requires a specialist’s treatment. That’s especially true when pain becomes chronic (long-term) and begins to affect your physical and emotional self. Even fairly mild pain becomes difficult to endure when it’s present all day every day.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

The carpal tunnel is a passageway in the wrist that’s about an inch wide. The sides and floor of the tunnel are formed by small carpal bones, and the “roof” is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue. The median nerve, which provides sensation in the hand, and the nine tendons that bend your fingers and thumb travel through this relatively small and rigid space.

Swelling in the tendons can crowd this already full tunnel and compress the median nerve, leading to irritation and pain. Tendon swelling may be caused by activities requiring repetitive motion, such as painting. Positioning the wrist in extreme flexion or extension for prolonged periods or conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis can also cause swelling that leads to CTS.

How do you treat pain?

Effective pain management depends on the nature and location of your pain. CTS, for instance, often responds well to:

  • Limiting activity causing the symptoms
  • Splinting or bracing to prevent your wrist from bending, so that tendon swelling and nerve irritation decrease
  • Nerve gliding exercises that help the median nerve move more freely through the carpal tunnel

As the providers of Pain Solvers like to say, your satisfaction is the goal. You can rely on their ongoing commitment to designing customized treatment plans that effectively manage your pain.

Call to schedule your appointment with the specialists at Pain Solvers today or book your visit online.