WHAT IS CARPAL TUNNEL?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is pain, tingling, and swelling in your hand which causes pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. The pressure on the median nerve leads to numbness and pain in your thumb, and index, middle, and ring fingers.
• Increases pressure on a nerve
• Hand use over time
• Repetitive motions
• Diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid gland imbalance
Signs and Symptoms:
• Pain in your wrist, palm, or forearm
• Burning or tingling sensation in the fingers, especially in the thumb, index, and middle fingers
• Sense of weakness with difficulty gripping and making a fist
• Anti-inflammatory medication
If you do not have relief from the nonsurgical treatment, and carpal tunnel syndrome continues to bother you, you should visit an orthopaedic provider. The provider may recommend carpal tunnel release surgery to make a small cut in the palm or the wrist to cut the roof of the carpal tunnel to decrease the pressure on the nerve.
Read Dr. Moore’s recent published article in Health and Wellness magazine on Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release.
Please note: this information is for informational purposes only. It should not be used for diagnosing an injury, and the information provided should not be used to replace medical treatment.