Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Has Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Limited Your Hands?
The carpal tunnel is a passageway that runs through the base of each of your wrists. It contains nine tendons and the median nerve. The median nerve delivers sensations to your thumb, index finger, long finger, and half of your ring finger. The median nerve also helps power many of your hand and finger muscles. When the carpal tunnel narrows, it places pressure on your median nerve. This pressure causing numbness or tingling in your thumb and fingers. It can also weaken your hand and make everyday tasks more difficult.
What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome may be caused by certain health conditions, such as diabetes, pregnancy, or excessive weight. In other cases, certain activities may cause carpal tunnel syndrome, particularly activities where hands are exposed to repetitive, intense vibration, such as using machinery. However, in many cases the condition occurs without any clear cause.
Symptoms vary, but typically include:
- Numbness and tingling in the fingers, particularly the thumb, index finger, long finger, and half of the ring finger.
- Numbness and tingling at night that causes you to awaken and feel as if you must “shake out your hands.”
- Weakness and clumsiness caused by compromised sensation and muscle function.
- Difficulty with daily tasks such as buttoning shirts and driving
- Pain in the hand and forearm, although this may also be caused by other conditions.
How Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosed and Treated?
MHS doctors will discuss your symptoms and test the feeling in your fingers, your hand strength, and the sensitivity of the median nerve in your wrist. Your doctor may also order additional tests, such as an EMG to evaluate the conduction of the nerve.
Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment has a high success rate and can help prevent permanent damage to hand function. The type of treatment you receive depends on the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome. Your doctor may recommend Ibuprofen or another over-the-counter medication to reduce hand pain. Wearing a splint to keep your wrist in a neutral position may minimize pressure on your median nerve. In some cases, carpal tunnel syndrome surgery is the most effective option to relieve your symptoms.
MHS Specialists Provide Comprehensive Treatment
Hand specialists have the background to diagnose and effectively treat your carpal tunnel syndrome so that you have the best outcome possible. Our physicians are fellowship-trained hand surgeons, and our occupational therapists have years of experience treating carpal tunnel syndrome. From splinting to advanced surgical techniques, we’ll recommend the most effective treatment plan for your symptoms.
MHS is committed to bringing the highest level of expertise, leading edge therapeutic approaches, and the most advanced equipment, all to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Call us at 630-359-6888, or contact us today through our secure form to schedule a prompt appointment.