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Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a result of pressure on the median nerve of the wrist. The nerve becomes pinched when pressure builds up in the space where the median nerve crosses along with 9 tendons of the hand. It can be on one side, or more commonly, on both sides.
The cause of CTS is unknown, but occupational issues may cause it, and it is known to occur more frequently when patients also have diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or thyroid conditions.
If you have pain in one or both hands and wrists, numbness and tingling in the fingers, or loss of strength or feeling in your fingers, you might have carpal tunnel syndrome. The symptoms frequently occur at night, or during activities that require raising of the hands (driving or reading).
At Summit Medical Group, we take a multi-disciplinary approach to CTS treatment. This means that in most cases, we try non-surgical methods before resorting to surgery.
Note that non-surgical and surgical treatments for CTS can only prevent further damage. Whatever strength and dexterity has already been lost cannot be restored. For this reason, it is of vital importance that you do not put off treatment for CTS. Some patients wait for so long that they have little strength left. Then, when they have surgery for CTS, they are disappointed because the procedure was unable to restore them to normalcy. Again, carpal tunnel surgery can only prevent further loss of function, so patients with late-stage disease will get less success out of surgery than patients who don’t let carpal tunnel syndrome destroy their median nerve.
“Dr. Momeni fixed my carpal tunnel syndrome with endoscopic surgery. I drove back to Pennsylvania the next day, 150 miles!”
- Patient from RateMDs.com