What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the compression of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel in the wrist. The median nerve runs through the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger closest to the middle finger.
What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms include numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand, wrist, and forearm. Less common symptoms include hand pain at night and weakness in the hand and wrist. Symptoms usually start gradually and get worse over time.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
CTS is caused by pressure on the median nerve, typically from swelling. This swilling can come from hypothyroidism, obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or even pregnancy. Many cases of CTS arise from an unknown source.
How is it treated?
For mild symptoms, treatments include reducing the activity that causes pain and numbness, taking anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling, and wearing a wrist splint at night to relieve pressure on the median nerve. For more severe cases, surgery is a viable option. Neurosurgery Associates, LLC provides peripheral nerve services, including carpal tunnel release to treat CTS. This procedure involves cutting the carpal ligament that is pressing down on the carpal tunnel to make room for the median nerve and tendons.
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