What is Carpal Tunnel?
Several nerves supply feeling and function to the hand. One of these nerves, the median nerve, passes through a small canal near the wrist called the “carpal tunnel” along with several tendons that go to the hand. When the median nerve gets pinched inside the tunnel, this condition is known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
The most common symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness and/or tingling in the hand, specifically in the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring finger. Patients with this condition often wake from sleep with tingling and the need to shake their hand to relieve the symptoms. Some patients also have pain that travels up the arm from the hand.
A variety of other conditions may also cause numbness and tingling in the hands, and a physical exam by a doctor along with nerve testing can help to determine what is causing your numbness and tingling.
Talk to your doctor if you suffer from the above symptoms regarding possible treatment options.
Dr. Heim is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand and upper extremity conditions. She practices in Lighthouse Point and Boca Raton, FL. For a physician referral, call 954-440-7606.