Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome usually occurs in adults when the median nerve in the arm is compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome can include frequent, repetitive movements with the hands, such as with typing, using a keyboard or playing sports. Other causes can be joint or bone disease, hormonal or metabolic changes, changes in blood sugar levels and injuries of the wrist such as strains, sprains, dislocations, breaks or inflammation.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
It is important to see a specialist for an accurate carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis because the symptoms may be similar to other medical conditions or problems. Some of the most common symptoms can include:
- Weakness when gripping objects with one or both hands
- Pain or numbness in one or both hands
- "Pins and needles" feeling in the fingers
- Swollen feeling in the fingers
- Burning or tingling in the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers
- Pain or numbness that is worse at night, interrupting sleep
Treatments from Our Peripheral Nerve Specialists
The peripheral nerve specialists at Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, formerly the Brain & Spine Institute, provide solutions for carpal tunnel syndrome to relive pain and improve function. Our team offers a surgery called carpal tunnel release, one of the most common surgeries done in the United States. Other carpal tunnel treatments can include:
- Splinting your hand: This helps keep your wrist from moving. It also eases the compression of the nerves inside the tunnel.
- Anti-inflammatory medications: These may be oral or injected into the carpal tunnel space. These reduce the swelling.
- Carpel Tunnel Surgery: This eases compression on the nerves in the carpal tunnel.
- Worksite changes: Changing position of your computer keyboard or making other ergonomic changes can help ease symptoms.
- Exercise: Stretching and strengthening exercises can be helpful in people whose symptoms have gotten better. These exercises may be supervised by a physical or occupational therapist.
Make an Appointment with a Peripheral Nerve Specialist
For more information about the diagnosis or treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, please call Neurosurgery & Spine Associates at 678-312-2700, or complete the online form and our expert staff will contact you.