Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when pressure is exerted on your median nerve that results in pain, numbness and tingling in your hand.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosis and Treatment at Inspira
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome arise when pressure builds and causes narrowing in the carpal tunnel, a passage in the wrist that connects your hand and arm.
Typing and other repetitive motions, such as assembly line work, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Research shows that conditions such as arthritis, obesity, diabetes and hypothyroidism may also play a role in causing carpal tunnel syndrome. First signs are typically mild but can progress without proper treatment. In severe cases, pain and muscle cramps can inhibit your ability to grip objects or perform certain movements.
Medication is often the first step doctors will take to manage pain, and splints may be used to ease pressure on the median nerve and keep symptoms at bay. If these methods prove to be unsuccessful, your doctor may recommend a procedure called carpal tunnel release.
If your surgeon elects to perform open surgery, they will make an incision to access the internal structures of your wrist. Endoscopic carpal tunnel release, on the other hand, is a minimally invasive technique that uses a thin, flexible camera to guide the surgeon as they cut the carpal ligament and enlarge the carpal tunnel.