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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition brought on by increased pressure in your wrist. Essentially, it is a pinched nerve at the wrist. Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, and pain in the arm, hand, and fingers. The numbness and tingling usually occur in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. Some patients may notice a weaker grip, occasional clumsiness, and a tendency to drop things. In severe cases, sensation may be permanently lost and the muscles at the base of the thumb slowly shrink, causing difficulty with pinching.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms may be treated and relieved without surgery. Treatment can include wearing wrist splints, which will keep the wrist in a straight position and may help reduce pressure on the nerve. A steroid injection may help relieve swelling around the nerve. If symptoms do not improve, surgery may be needed to make more room for the nerve. To decrease the pressure on the nerve, the ligament that forms on the top of the tunnel will be cut. The goal of carpal tunnel release surgery is to free the ligament, allowing more room for the nerve in the carpal tunnel. To learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment with Dr. Berschback, click here.

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