Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is pressure on the median nerve — the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. We treat many patients in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, and throughout Hampton Roads with this condition.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
- Numbness or tingling in the thumb and next two or three fingers of one or both hands
- Numbness or tingling of the palm of the hand
- Pain extending to the elbow
- Pain in wrist or hand in one or both hands
- Problems with fine finger movements (coordination) in one or both hands
- Wasting away of the muscle under the thumb (in advanced or long-term cases)
- Weak grip or difficulty carrying bags (a common complaint)
- Weakness in one or both hands
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes
Carpal tunnel syndrome is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist. Typing on a computer keyboard is probably the most common cause of carpal tunnel. Other causes include:
- Assembly line work
- Use of tools (especially hand tools or tools that vibrate)
- Sports such as racquetball or handball
- Playing some musical instruments
To accurately diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, tests may include:
- Nerve conduction velocity
- Wrist x-rays should be done to rule out other problems (such as wrist arthritis)
Symptoms often improve with non-surgical treatment, but some cases eventually require surgery.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Prevention
We highly encourage our patients in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, and throughout Hampton Roads to avoid or reduce the number of repetitive wrist movements whenever possible. Use tools and equipment that are properly designed to reduce the risk of wrist injury.
Ergonomic aids, such as split keyboards, keyboard trays, typing pads, and wrist braces, may be used to improve wrist posture during typing. Take frequent breaks when typing and always stop if there is tingling or pain.
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Make an appointment to meet with Dr. Bragg to discuss treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome.