Does this sound familiar? You are typing on your computer, trying to ignore the numbness and tingling in your hand and wrist. All of a sudden, a sharp pain shoots up your arm. If this happens on a daily basis, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, which 5% of Americans are currently suffering.
At Bellevue Bone and Joint Physicians, we treat carpal tunnel syndrome near the Kirkland area. However, many people are unaware they have carpal tunnel syndrome. Consider these five frequently asked questions about this condition.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
It is the pain, tingling, and numbness you feel in your hand because of the pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. The median nerve –which controls the movement and feeling in your wrist, thumb, and first three fingers – and several other tendons run from your forearm to your hand through a small space in your wrist also known as the carpal tunnel.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
The pressure on the median nerve causes this syndrome, which causes swelling, making the carpal tunnel smaller. This pressure can be caused by multiple factors including:
- Arthritis and diabetes
- Putting a consistent strain on your wrist
- Wrist injuries
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
Tingling, numbness, and pain in the hand, wrist, or forearms are common signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. Some other noticeable signs include:
- Clumsiness of the hand when gripping objects
- Problems with finger movement
- Pain extending to the elbow
- Weakness in one or both hands
How will BBJP diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome?
We will conduct thorough clinical examination to determine your medical history and symptoms, which are extremely helpful in the diagnosis process. If the examination is inconclusive, we will use an electrodiagnostic study (EMG) to confirm the diagnosis.
How is it treated?
We have various levels of treatment to relieve your pain. If you have the early stage of carpal tunnel syndrome, it can be treated with splints worn at night to prevent wrist flexion during sleep. If it’s more advanced, surgery may need to take place. One minimally invasive technique is the endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. With this type of surgery, you can rapidly return to your normal routine.
If you believe you have carpal tunnel syndrome, gives us a call today for your clinical examination!