What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist and is associated with repetitive motion activities. Complaints of numbness are often associated with sleeping, driving, using a computer or reading. Diabetic patients are at increased risk for nerve compromise.
How do I know if I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
People with carpal tunnel syndrome experience symptoms such as numbness, tingling and aching pain in the hands. Frequently there is associated night time numbness and weakness of the hand. .
How can Fort Wayne Physical Medicine help me if I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The diagnosis is made based upon physical exam findings and a nerve and muscle test called Electromyography (EMG). EMG will confirm the diagnosis and also determine severity. Treatment may include NSAIDs, splints, therapy and injection of steroid medicine into the wrist. Surgery may be necessary to resolve the condition if conservative measures are unsuccessful. The goal of surgery is to decompress the nerve and allow it to heal. This is an outpatient surgery with excellent outcomes and quick recovery.