Carpal tunnel syndrome
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful disorder of the wrist and hand, caused by pressure on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel in your hand. The trusted experience and surgical expertise of the neurosurgeons at The Villages® Regional Hospital make us the best choice for treatment of this condition.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition of nerve entrapment. It is caused when the tunnel surrounding the tissues inside the bones of your wrist narrows, inflaming the tissues and your median nerve. A mass may occupy the canal compressing the nerve.
The median nerve gives feeling to your thumb, and index, middle and ring fingers. When tissues in the carpal tunnel, such as ligaments and tendons, get swollen or inflamed, they press against the median nerve. That pressure results in the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
People engaged in repetitive motions throughout their day may suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Examples of those commonly diagnosed with carpal tunnel include:
- People who use computers for many hours throughout the day
- Check-out line technicians
- Assembly-line workers
- Auto mechanics
Hobbies such as gardening, needlework, golfing and boating/rowing can sometimes contribute toward the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. It is critical to have an excellent and experienced physician evaluate you for carpal tunnel syndrome.
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may include:
- Numbness or “pins and needles” feeling in the fingers
- Pain and/or numbness that is worse at night or interrupts sleep
- Burning or tingling in your thumb, index, and middle fingers, or pain that moves up your arm to your elbow
- Hand weakness
- Difficulty gripping objects with the hands or dropping objects
- Difficulty manipulating small objects
- Difficulty making a fist
- Swollen feeling in the fingers
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
Who is Dr. Weiser?
Harry C. Weiser, MD, diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery, is a board-certified neurosurgeon with Central Florida Health, where he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cranial and spinal disorders, pain management and procedures, and cranial/spinal surgery. Dr. Weiser also has advanced training in stereotactic navigation of both the spine and brain.