Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition caused by nerve compression in the patient’s wrist.  The actual carpal tunnel structure is a narrow passageway located on the palm side of the wrist. This structure protects one of the main nerves in the hand as well as the tendons tasked with bending the fingers.

Patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome may experience tingling, numbness, and hand weakness. There are several factors that may contribute to a patient’s carpal tunnel syndrome, including:

  • Underlying health problems

  • How the patient uses their hand

  • The anatomy of the patient’s wrist

CTS Treatments and Therapies

Since CTS is progressive, it’s best for those suffering from the ailment to seek treatment as quickly as possible. Patients with mild symptoms may ease their discomfort by avoiding certain activities, taking frequent hand breaks, and using cold packs to minimize swelling. If these techniques are not effective, a physician can advise more intensive non-surgical treatments, such as:

  • Wrist Splinting involves the use of a splint to stabilize the wrist. The splint is designed to minimize nighttime numbness and tingling.

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSADs) like Motrin and Advil may be used to alleviate pain from acute CTS.

  • Corticosteroids may be injected in the carpal tunnel to reduce swelling and inflammation, which alleviates pressure on the median nerve. Oral corticosteroids are not as effective as injections.

If these treatments do not remedy the condition, surgical procedures may be suggested by a physician.

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