Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Causes

Do you experience wrist and hand pain?  In today’s blog post, the physicians at Resurgens Hand Center are discussing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it’s causes, how you can treat it at home and when you should see a physician.

The Median Nerve

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused when swelling puts pressure on the median nerve, which runs through a narrow opening in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel.  This nerve connects directly to the thumb and first three fingers of the hand.  There are a number of conditions that can put pressure on this nerve, from rheumatoid arthritis to injuries caused by repetitive finger motions.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Causes

The most common symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hands.  Since the pinkie finger is not connected to the median nerve, it will not be affected. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Causes

Generally, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be treated at home using ice, pain relievers, and rest.  In addition, wearing a splint to immobilize the wrist will allow it to heal more quickly.  In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. 

Watch this patient education video on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to learn more! 

As with many other orthopaedic disorders, early detection will improve the chances of a speedy recovery.  If you’re experiencing pain, numbness, or weakness in the wrist and hands, it’s a good idea to see a doctor as soon as possible to determine if your symptoms are being caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Call or request an online appointment with one of the hand specialists at Resurgens Orthopaedics today.