Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when the median nerve, the nerve that runs down your arm and into your hand, is compressed at the level of your wrist.
Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when the median nerve, the nerve that runs down your arm and into your hand, is compressed at the level of your wrist. The carpal bones create a tunnel that many tendons and your median nerve run through. The transverse carpal ligament creates the roof for the tunnel and encloses the tendons and median nerve. When the median nerve is compressed you may experience weakness, numbness, and tingling into your hand. If compressed for long periods of time you may develop muscle atrophy and damage that is difficult to reverse. Your doctor may order nerve studies from a neurologist to help delineate the extent of nerve compression and damage. Treatment for mild carpal tunnel syndrome may start conservatively. Wearing supportive wrist braces at night is often the initial step. This will help keep your wrists in a neutral position avoiding wrist flexion and further compression of the nerve. A corticosteroid injection may also be offered to help alleviate inflammation and symptoms. Operative treatment may be offered if you have a moderate or severe case of nerve compression or if conservative treatments have been exhausted and your symptoms persist.
Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.