WHAT IS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist surrounded by bones and ligaments, protecting the main nerve to your hand and the tendons that bend your fingers. This nerve, called the median nerve, is responsible for providing feeling and function to the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition characterized by numbness or tingling in the hand or wrist due to irritation of the median nerve where it passes through the carpal tunnel.
WHAT CAUSES CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by irritation or pressure on the median nerve at the spot where it passes through the carpal tunnel. A variety of factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, including the anatomy of your wrist, other health conditions, and patterns of hand use. You may be more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome if:
- You have other medical conditions, including:Diabetes
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- You perform repetitive wrist motions, such as:
- Playing musical instruments
- Playing certain sports
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome will vary from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the condition, along with other factors. The symptoms associated with carpal tunnel may include the following:
- Hand and wrist numbness and tingling (“pins-and-needles” feeling)
- Loss of feeling in your fingers
- Pain in your hand or wrist that worsens with use
- Hand or wrist pain that wakes you up at night
- Loss of coordination and strength, such as difficulty holding objects
- Finger stiffness, especially in the morning
- Aching pain in forearm
We offer an array of treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome. We emphasize compassionate, one-on-one care and personalized treatments using the most current approaches. Together, we can determine the right treatment plan to address your personal needs and get you back to your normal activities free of carpal tunnel pain.
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