Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve as it passes into the hand. The median nerve is located on the palm side of your hand (also called the carpal tunnel). The median nerve provides sensation (ability to feel) to your thumb, index finger, long finger, and part of the ring finger. It supplies the impulse to the muscle going to the thumb. Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur in one or both of your hands.
Key symptoms include pain in the hand and arm with numbness or tingling. Some people also experience:
- Hand numbness
- Pins and needles
- Hand clumsiness
- Hand pain at night
- Hand and/or wrist weakness
Medical conditions sometimes linked to carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. When the condition is brought on by pregnancy, the symptoms usually clear up within a few months after delivery. Certain jobs that involve repeating the same motion with your arm over a long time may raise your chances of developing the condition.
The first line of treatment for carpal tunnel can include anti-inflammatory medications, occupational therapy, wrist splints, steroid injections and workplace adjustments. When these measures fail to bring lasting relief, Dr. Kalra may recommend a surgical procedure called Carpal Tunnel Release.
Carpal Tunnel Release is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States and has an excellent success rate. Surgery involves separating a ligament around the wrist to reduce pressure on the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand. Surgery is usually done under local or regional anesthesia (involving some sedation) and does not require an overnight hospital stay.
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