Carpal tunnel syndrome. The name may seem complex and scary, but it is actually a fairly common condition where we have seen patients as young as 25 and as old as 95 develop symptoms.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
It is a condition where there is a compression of the median nerve (thickening of the ligaments or tendons) at the level of the wrist. Some common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Tingling of the fingers
- Nighttime numbness
The reason for the numbness is because the increased pressure on the median nerve decreases the blood supply.
Who has carpal tunnel syndrome?
As mentioned above, this condition is fairly common, occurring more frequently in females than males. The peek ages for developing carpal tunnel are between 40-60 years. However, we have seen younger and older patients outside that typical age range.
If you experience the following conditions:
- Thyroid conditions
You may be more prone to carpal tunnel syndrome.
How can Bellevue Bone & Joint Physicians help?
Diagnosis – We will conduct a clinical exam by figuring out whether you experience sensitivity with percussion or tapping over the median nerve at the level of carpal tunnel and with wrist flexion that often produces increased numbness. One of our best tests for carpal tunnel syndrome near Seattle, is an electrodiagnostic test. This examination involves small amounts of electrical simulation to map out the areas of the nerve that are not functioning correctly.
Treatment – For the early stages of carpal tunnel syndrome, wearing nighttime splints can provide great deal of relief and is noninvasive. For the late stages, a standard surgery and steroid injections are the next best options to provide relief. This simple process can relieve the pressure and pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome and requires a short recovery process and an early return to work.
If you believe you have carpal tunnel syndrome, please contact us today to relieve your pain as soon as possible!