Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CPS) is a common condition that affects the use of your fingers and hand(s). This may cause numbness, tingling, weakness, or pain in the hand or fingers. This condition occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve at the wrist, which runs from the forearm to the hand through a small space in the wrist. This space is called the “carpal tunnel,” which is formed by the bones, tendons, and ligaments surrounding the median nerve.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
CPS can be caused by certain diseases or conditions. These include arthritis, diabetes, obesity, pregnancy, and menopause.
- Hand and wrist pain
- Finger numbness or tingling
- Weakness of the hand
These symptoms may become more prevalent when participating in activities that involve bending of the wrist, including playing piano, typing, and more. Symptoms may also become more prevalent at night, making it difficult to sleep comfortably.
How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosed?
You should see a doctor as soon as you begin to notice symptoms of CPS. Your doctor will ask you about your daily routine and any recent activities that could have hurt your wrist. They will also discuss your medical history to see if you have any conditions that may cause the condition. The doctor may also check the feeling in your neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands. Blood tests and nerve tests may also be necessary to determine the problem.
How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?
Mild symptoms can usually be treated at home. You can try:
- Wearing a wrist splint at night to take pressure off of your median nerve.
Determining what activities cause you the most discomfort. Stop these activities until you speak with your doctor.
Taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, such as Aspirin, to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
Surgical Treatment at Raleigh Neurosurgical Clinic
If symptoms cannot be treated with home care, you may be a candidate for surgery to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Raleigh Neurosurgical Clinic surgically treats carpal tunnel syndrome with Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, which is an open incision procedure. Once the doctor has made a small incision in the wrist, they will guide an endoscope (miniature camera) into the wrist. This allows them to view structures in the wrist without having to make a large incision. The doctor will then cut the transverse carpal ligament. This relieves pressure off of the median ner
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