Raleigh Hand to Shoulder Center doctors are specialists in carpal tunnel syndrome, among many other conditions of the hand and arm. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a type of pinched nerve in the wrist. It is the most common compression neuropathy in the hand and arm. It results from increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist, within the carpal tunnel. Symptoms such as hand numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain can result if the nerve is compressed or “pinched.”
The carpal tunnel is a passageway in the wrist which contain the median nerve and flexor tendons. The carpal tunnel is a narrow space made up by the bones of the wrist and the transverse carpal ligament. The median nerve is at risk for compression within this tunnel. If there is swelling, abnormal wrist anatomy, or injury to this area, the function of the median nerve may be affected.
Treatment can include wrist brace, therapy, steroid injection and surgery if conservative treatment is not successful. Surgery is usually recommended if there are signs of severe carpal tunnel syndrome or nerve damage.
Dr. Paul Schricker is a native of Woodcliff Lake, N.J. He received his doctorate in medicine in 1989 from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) of Cleveland, OH. followed by an internship and residency in orthopedic surgery, also at CWRU. He completed his formal Hand Surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and CWRU in 1996. Upon completion of his Hand Fellowship, Dr. Schricker entered private practice at Capitol Orthopedics (formerly Dhillon Orthopedics) until his association with the Raleigh Hand Center in 2003.