Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that can result in gradually worsening weakness, numbness and tingling sensations in the thumb, middle, and index fingers. Some people with carpal tunnel syndrome have difficulty typing comfortably or keeping a firm grip on objects. Here’s some helpful information on this common medical issue.
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes
Carpal tunnel syndrome develops as a result of pressure on the median nerve, which runs from the hand to the forearm through a passageway in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. There are a combination of factors that can lead to this nerve compression, such as repetitive hand motions, a wrist fracture, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, and even a person’s natural hand anatomy. Also, women are more likely to experience carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment opinions
The earlier carpal tunnel syndrome is addressed, the better. Early intervention can lead to smoother treatment. Patients with less advanced cases of carpal tunnel are often able to improve their symptoms with nonsurgical methods like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), wrist splinting, or anti-inflammatory injections. In cases where conservative treatments have not provided sufficient symptom relief, minimally invasive surgery may be recommended to release pressure on the median nerve.
In the Greater Pittsburgh Region, the board-certified physicians at Orthopaedic Specialists offer expert care to patients with carpal tunnel syndrome and many other musculoskeletal conditions. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment or learn about our approach to care. We look forward to helping you feel your best.