Raleigh Hand Center doctors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome as well as many other conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common nerve problem in the hand and arm. It results from increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist, within the carpal tunnel. Hand numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain occur if the nerve is pinched in the carpal tunnel. Patients often wake up at night with the hand numb and shake out the hand to help the symptoms.
The carpal tunnel is a space in the wrist which contains the median nerve and tendons of the hand. The carpal tunnel is a tight space. The median nerve is at risk for compression within this tunnel. If there is abnormal swelling or injury to this area, the median nerve can be irritated.
Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome commonly feel “numbness” or “tingling” in the fingers. Some patients feel that the fingers are asleep. Symptoms often wake patients up at night. Some patients report increased symptoms while gripping a steering wheel. Dropping objects, clumsiness with the hands, or a weak grip are also common. Some people also report pain in the forearm, wrist or fingers. In severe cases, the muscles at the base of the thumb can become weak and atrophy.
Often the diagnosis can be made on the basis of your symptoms, medical history, and physical examination. A nerve test can be ordered to confirm the diagnosis. Raleigh Hand Center doctors are experts in carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis and treatment. Please call our office for a consultation in Raleigh NC. Surgery and non-surgical care is available.