Your carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the palm side of your wrist that protects the nerves that extend through your hand. When inflammation or another injury compresses your carpal tunnel, you develop a painful and debilitating condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. Daniel Fox, MD, FACS, and the orthopedic surgeons at the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Toms River, New Jersey, offer expert treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome. Call the practice or make an appointment online today.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that develops when inflammation or other injuries compress the nerves that pass through your carpal tunnel.
It causes symptoms including tingling. Numbness, or weakness in your fingers and hand. You’re more likely to experience numbness in your thumb and first three fingers, and it may extend through your wrist and up your forearm. The numbness may initially come and go, but when left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome causes constant numbness.
It’s also common to develop weakness in your hands and develop a tendency to drop things.
Compression of your median nerve causes the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. However, a variety of issues can lead to inflammation in the synovium that surrounds your carpal tunnel to compress the nerve.
For example, some of the risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome include:
If you experience carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, make an appointment for a diagnosis. Often, treatment is easier and more effective when your condition is in its early stages.
The orthopedic specialists at the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome with a combination of a physical exam, diagnostic imaging studies such as X-rays and MRIs, and tests that measure the electrical nerve activity in your muscles including electromyograms and nerve conduction studies.
Your orthopedic specialist offers customized treatment depending on the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome. For example, if your condition is diagnosed early, your physician may be able to resolve your issue with conservative treatments such as splinting, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and corticosteroid injections. Often, when your inflammation subsides, your symptoms lessen.
However, if your carpal tunnel syndrome is advanced and doesn’t respond to noninvasive treatments, your doctor may recommend surgery to release your carpal ligament and relieve pressure on your median nerve.
The surgeons at the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine perform this surgery with a minimally invasive endoscopic technique that offers more rapid recovery and a lower risk of infection and scarring.
If you have symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, don’t delay in getting medical attention. Call the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine today or make an appointment online.