Hand and Microsurgery Associates
Carpal Tunnel Q & A
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Some of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Numbness, tingling, and burning pain in your thumb and first three fingers/li>
- Electrical or shock-like sensations in your thumb and first three fingers/li>
- Pain or pins-and-needles sensations that travel up your forearm to your shoulder/li>
- Weakness or clumsiness in your hand
These symptoms can cause you to drop things or struggle to hold a pen or fork.
Symptoms also tend to come and go in the early stages of the condition. Many people find their symptoms are worse when they wake up in the morning because they sleep with bent wrists. When left untreated, your symptoms worsen, become more frequent, or last longer.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Repetitive motions like typing, knitting, or playing a musical instrument can cause swelling in your wrist. Similarly, activities that keep your wrists in an extended or flexed position for a prolonged time can contribute to inflammation and nerve compression.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause swelling in your wrists. Additionally, health conditions like diabetes, thyroid disease, and rheumatoid arthritis are associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?
Anti-inflammatory drugs and steroid injections can also relieve your symptoms.
The team might also recommend physical therapy, including nerve gliding exercises. They might also suggest activity changes to reduce your symptoms.
In severe cases, when noninvasive treatments haven’t relieved your symptoms, the team offers expert carpal tunnel release surgery. They use two different surgical techniques to relieve pressure on your median nerve.
Call Hand and Microsurgery Associates today to find out if carpal tunnel syndrome is the root cause of your symptoms and get personalized treatment.