Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on a nerve called the "median nerve" at the wrist by a band of tissue called the "transverse carpal ligament." This band of tissue is thicker and tighter in some people than it is in others and when it becomes too thick or too tight it can put pressure on the median nerve. Patients may experience numbness and tingling in their fingers and pain in the palm of the hand. Some people have a sensation of sand on their hands or a burning sensation. You may also experience weakness in the hand.
How do we treat it?
For mild to moderate symptoms, a trial of corticosteroid injections or splinting can be given. Some patients also benefit from special therapeutic exercises. When these conservative treatment options fail, it may be time to consider surgery.
What is the surgery?
Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome involves making a small incision on the palm of the hand and cutting the band of tissue that is putting pressure on the nerve. This is performed as "same-day-surgery" and total time spent in the hospital is typically only a few hours. That way, you can be back in the comfort of your own home quickly.