Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery in Garden City, MI

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition caused by the compression of the median nerve, one of the main nerves in the hand, that travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel.

The carpal tunnel is a passageway about an inch wide in the wrist that protects the median nerve and the flexor tendons that are responsible for bending the fingers and thumbs.

 

Carpal Tunnel

The main cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is repetitive pressure on the nerve, which can occur when tunnel becomes smaller because the nerve has become inflamed or swollen.  

Certain occupations, such as assembly-line worker, mechanic, and gardener, are associated with a higher incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome, because of the repetitive wrist motions.

Causes

Several illnesses such as diabetes and hypothyroidism, along with pregnancy, can also lead to swelling of the median nerve. Heredity can also be a factor, because the carpal tunnel may be smaller in some people.

Symptoms

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include: numbness, tingling, burning and pain in the thumb, and index, middle and ring fingers; occasional sensations that feel like electric shocks in the thumb and fingers; pain or tingling that can travel up the forearm; weakness in the hand that can make it difficult movements such as buttoning clothes, and clumsiness such as dropping things.

The symptoms can range in severity and type of pain, and they typically can begin gradually with pain coming and going.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Treatments

Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome varies between individuals depending on the cause of the condition and severity of the symptoms. While carpal tunnel syndrome surgery is a cure, some people prefer to try less invasive treatment first, including wrist splints that prevent the wrist from falling forward and keep the carpal tunnel open. These splints prevent the median nerve from rubbing against the tunnel, and so halts symptoms.

Other treatments include anti-inflammatory medications and exercise to promote muscle strength and stretching that aids opening of the carpal tunnel. Finally, if all of these treatment methods fail, surgery to cut the carpal tunnel open is a curative option.

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