Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the hand or forearm. These sensations worsen over time, and when left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome may weaken the muscles in your hand, affecting the strength of your grip. Dearborn and Livonia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provides nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome. For help managing your carpal tunnel syndrome, call the office in Dearborn or Livonia, Michigan, or schedule an appointment online today.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that develops from compression of the median nerve when it passes through the carpal tunnel in your wrist.
The median nerve is one of the primary nerves in the hand, providing sensation in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers and controlling muscle movement in the thumb.
The carpal tunnel is a rigid and narrow passageway in your wrist made up of bones and the transverse carpal ligament. Your median nerve travels down your arm and through the carpal tunnel into your hand. The tendons that bend the fingers also pass through the carpal tunnel.
Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms develop gradually and worsen over time. Early symptoms may include numbness and tingling in your hand and fingers. You may notice these symptoms at night when sleeping and easily shake them off when you readjust your hand.
With ongoing compression of the median nerve, symptoms may occur during the day, causing tingling in the fingers, loss of sensation in the hand, or a weak grip.
If left untreated, the chronic compression may permanently damage the median nerve.
You should get help for your carpal tunnel syndrome when you first notice symptoms. Dearborn and Livonia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provides high-quality orthopedic care for conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Your provider reviews your symptoms and examines your hand and wrist, performing various tests to assess sensation in your hand and fingers and muscle movement. They may also perform nerve conduction studies (NCS) to assess the severity of the nerve damage.
Dearborn and Livonia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine takes a patient-centered approach to care and customizes your carpal tunnel syndrome treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms and degree of nerve damage.
When possible, your provider recommends nonsurgical interventions such as:
However, if your symptoms are severe, your provider may recommend carpal tunnel release surgery to improve your condition. During this minimally invasive procedure, your provider severs the transverse carpal ligament, making more room for the median nerve.
Don’t wait for your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms to get worse. Call Dearborn and Livonia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, or schedule a consultation online today.