Carpal tunnel syndrome is considered a nerve problem that affects your fingers, hands, wrists and forearms. This orthopedic condition is most often associated with repetitive fine-motor activities. If you think you’re suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, trust the reliable team of orthopedic specialists at Riverview Health.
Tingling and numbness in the hand and fingers are some of the more common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Many people with this syndrome notice numbness in the thumb, index and middle fingers.
Other symptoms that you may have include:
Pressure on the median nerve causes carpal tunnel syndrome. The median nerve runs down your forearm to your hand, passing through a narrow area—called the carpal tunnel—in your wrist. That nerve is responsible for feeling in that area, as well as the movement of some of your hand muscles. If inflamed tissues press on that nerve, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs.
Those who have a greater likelihood of developing this condition have one or more of the following traits or habits:
When you visit Riverview Health to treat your carpal tunnel syndrome, our doctors will begin by assessing your medical history and conducting a physical exam. They may also order X-rays or electrodiagnostic tests to rule out other related conditions, such as arthritis.
By seeking treatment early for carpal tunnel syndrome, doctors may be able to stop your symptoms. Recommended care may include changing repetitive motions or body positioning, prescribed medications, using a splint or brace, steroid injections, or even surgery to take pressure off of your median nerve.
If you think your wrist and hand pain is related to carpal tunnel syndrome, the effective treatments you need are available through Riverview Health. Request an appointment with our orthopedic team today by calling 317.565.0505 or by completing an appointment request form.