carpel tunnel

Carpel Tunnel

A condition that occurs when the median nerve is compressed or pinched as it passes through the passageway (or carpal tunnel) of the wrist, carpal tunnel often results in a tingling feeling, pins and needles and sometimes even pain in the impacted hand. Those challenged with carpal tunnel usually feel it most in their thumb, index and middle finger but symptoms can even travel into the forearm or further up into the shoulder.

In more severe cases, weakness of the affected hand can also be a symptom resulting the inability to pick up objects consistently without dropping them.

Treatment for this condition will often begin with a thorough assessment of the pain level and consequential compromise on your quality of life. Nonsurgical treatments will often revolve around minimizing any repetitive activity that is aggravating the issue and address any contributing factors that are within your ability to manage (poor work station).

Wrist splinting during sleep and while at the computer can be helpful at mitigating the symptoms while nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroid injections can be used to reduce swelling, consequently relieving the pressure on the median nerve.

If the nonsurgical methods are not effective at treating the symptoms and restoring quality of life, a surgical procedure can be administered to cut through the ligament in the carpal tunnel to free the nerve. This can be done via endoscopic surgery using a tiny camera (endoscope) or ultrasound.

Causes

Symptoms

A condition that occurs when the median nerve is compressed or pinched as it passes through the passageway (or carpal tunnel) of the wrist, carpal tunnel often results in a tingling feeling, pins and needles and sometimes even pain in the impacted hand. Those challenged with carpal tunnel usually feel it most in their thumb, index and middle finger but symptoms can even travel into the forearm or further up into the shoulder. 

 

In more severe cases, weakness of the affected hand can also be a symptom resulting the inability to pick up objects consistently without dropping them. 

 

Treatment for this condition will often begin with a thorough assessment of the pain level and consequential compromise on your quality of life. Nonsurgical treatments will often revolve around minimizing any repetitive activity that is aggravating the issue and address any contributing factors that are within your ability to manage (poor work station).

 

Wrist splinting during sleep and while at the computer can be helpful at mitigating the symptoms while nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroid injections can be used to reduce swelling, consequently relieving the pressure on the median nerve.

 

If the nonsurgical methods are not effective at treating the symptoms and restoring quality of life, a surgical procedure can be administered to cut through the ligament in the carpal tunnel to free the nerve. This can be done via endoscopic surgery using a tiny camera (endoscope) or ultrasound.

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