Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Numbness, tingling and pain to your fingers and/or hands may be a result of carpal tunnel syndrome. The symptoms are as a result of too much pressure put on a nerve that runs through your wrist. The symptoms may occur at any time, but usually increase with activity. Symptoms may also worsen at night and wake you up requiring you to shake or massage your hands and fingers for relief. You will notice that symptoms will worsen and your strength and grip will decrease. The condition is often job related and usually covered by your workmen's compensation carrier. This is a very treatable condition, but if it goes untreated the symptoms will only worsen with increasing damage to the already pinched nerve. It is best to seek medical evaluation and treatment as soon as possible so symptoms will be reversible. Often times symptoms resolve successfully with medication and splinting. If this is not helpful, surgical release may need to be considered. Surgery is usually done under local anesthesia as an outpatient and can sometimes be done endoscopically. Postoperatively, splinting and resting the wrist are required for a few weeks, with gradual return to normal activity. Please call for further evaluation if you feel you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

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