Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The carpal tunnel is a space in the wrist that is formed by wrist bones on the three sides and a ligament on top.  Nine tendons and the median nerve travel through this space.  The median nerve provides sensation to the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger.  It also controls movement in the thumb.  If there is increased pressure in this space, the median nerve will be compressed and develop symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

What Are The Symptoms Of Carpal Tunnel

The most common symptoms are numbness and tingling along the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger.  Symptoms are often worse at night and can disrupt sleep.  Symptoms may worsen during activities such as holding a cell phone or gripping the steering wheel of a car.  There may be weakness or clumsiness of the hand, and in severe cases, the thumb may lose strength.  The doctor may recommend a nerve conduction study to help determine the severity of carpal tunnel syndrome.

What Are Treatments For Carpal Tunnel?

Treatment includes work modification, wrist splint, or anti-inflammatory medication.  In moderate or severe cases, it may be necessary to surgically release the carpal tunnel.  Dr. Liu is skilled in performing endoscopic carpal tunnel release, which is a minimally invasive approach through a 2-cm incision in the wrist as an outpatient procedure.

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