Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center
Board Certified Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeons located in West End, Richmond, VA
Pain, tingling, and numbness are all common signs of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). If these symptoms are keeping you from work and daily activities, it’s time to rely on the specialists in wrist and hand care at Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center, located in the West End of Richmond, Virginia. Their team includes a board-certified specialist, David Glapern, MD, who can set you on the path to recovery with treatment options that include a splint, cortisone shots, or surgery. If you’re ready to be free of the pain and symptoms of carpal tunnel, call or book a consultation online today.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Q & A
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
The carpal tunnel is a space in your wrist where the median nerve passes from your forearm into your hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tunnel swells, pinching or compressing your median nerve.
Pinching or compression can occur for many reasons, including:
- Dislocated joints
- Fluid buildup during pregnancy
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain and other uncomfortable symptoms.
While there’s not a set cause for carpal tunnel, you may be at greater risk if you make repeated movements with your wrist held in a straight position. Pregnant women, diabetics, and people with certain health conditions are also at greater risk for carpal tunnel.
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
In addition to the pain it causes, carpal tunnel syndrome can also result in:
- A weak grip
- Occasional clumsiness
- A tendency to drop things
Many people feel symptoms at night, but you also might notice symptoms when you’re going about daily activities where you use your hands, like driving or reading a book. The numbness or tingling is most common in your thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers.
When carpal tunnel is severe, you may lose strength and sensations permanently.
How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?
At Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center, Dr. Galpern begins by taking a complete medical history. He’ll ask about any medical conditions, how you’ve been using your hands, and previous injuries. He may order lab tests or an X-ray to check for signs of a fracture or arthritis.
You may also need a nerve conduction study. During this test, Dr. Galpern usually attaches small electrode patches to your skin to stimulate your nerves and look for signs of damage.
How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?
Dr. Galpern creates a treatment plan tailored to your condition. Your plan may include:
- Changing how you use your hand to reduce nerve pressure
- Wearing a wrist splint to keep your wrist in a straight position
- Getting steroid injections to reduce swelling
If these treatments don’t help, you might need surgery. Surgery generally involves cutting the ligament that forms the top of the carpal tunnel to relieve pressure on the nerve.
If you’re ready for expert care for carpal tunnel, call or book a consultation online today with Dr. Galpern, a board-certified hand surgeon at Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center.