If you have an achy wrist and numb, tingly fingers, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition results from excessive pressure on the median nerve that runs through your wrist and can make everyday activities difficult. Michael Calfee, MD, and Paxton Sisson, PA-C, of Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Union City and Dyersburg, Tennessee, offer nonsurgical and surgical treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome. Call today or use the online tool to book an appointment and find out how the team can help you ease symptoms and prevent long-term damage.
The median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel in your wrist. It helps you move your forearm, wrist, hand, and fingers. This nerve is responsible for sensation in the forearm and certain parts of the hand.
Specialists diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome when you have pain and movement limitations due to compression of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel, a narrow, rigid passageway.
The median nerve is vulnerable to swelling and inflammation, which causes it to press up against the carpal tunnel. This may occur because of repetitive wrist or hand movements, like typing.
You’re more vulnerable to an inflamed median nerve if you have diabetes or are pregnant. Some people have a genetically small carpal tunnel that makes them prone to excessive pressure on the median nerve.
Carpal tunnel syndrome develops gradually over time. It often starts as an aching sensation in your wrist that radiates into your forearm or hand. The pain may come and go, so you brush it off as a temporary strain.
But as carpal tunnel syndrome progresses, you’ll start to feel numbness, burning sensations, and tingling in your hand. You eventually develop hand weakness, affecting the strength of your grip. The damage to sensation and function may become permanent without proper treatment.
The specialists at Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine thoroughly review your health history and lifestyle habits. They’ll examine your hand, fingers, and wrist.
You’ll also undergo imaging exams, like an MRI, to confirm or rule out carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you have mild symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, your specialist will recommend conservative care to ease your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms and prevent further damage.
Treatment may include:
If your carpal tunnel syndrome has progressed, surgery may be necessary. Your surgeon uses minimally invasive techniques to perform the procedure, so you recover relatively quickly and can get back to normal function.
If you suspect you have carpal tunnel syndrome, don’t delay in seeking treatment. Call Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today or use the online tool to book an appointment.