Do I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel is one of the most common diagnoses in the hand - but it is often confused with other disorders of the hand or wrist. It is important to discuss your symptoms with your doctor and to have a proper Physical Exam to determine your diagnosis.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is compression of the Median Nerve at the level of the wrist called the Carpal Tunnel. The compression of the median nerve may lead to pain, numbness, or tingling into the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger. Symptoms may vary from slight tingling to bothersome pain or even weakness. When the median nerve is severely compressed at the carpal tunnel, weakness and loss of dexterity may develop.
Treatment options vary depending on the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. First line treatment is typically a wrist splint to keep the wrist neutral and protected. Activity modifications might be discussed to keep pressure off of the nerve including ergonomic keyboards and avoidance of pressure on the carpal tunnel area. A nerve study (EMG) may be advised to further assess the nerve compression.
If the compression is severe, you may notice weakness and loss of dexterity. Surgery may be recommended for patients with severe compression. Dr. Steven Lee is one of the few surgeons in New York City to do Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Releases. This innovative approach affords patients a less painful recovery. Dr. Steven Lee instructs surgeons nationwide on how to properly perform this innovative, minimally-invasive surgical option. Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome leads to successful results in greater than 95% of patients who have the surgery performed in a timely manner.
Learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome here.
*It is important to note that all of the information above is not specific to anyone and is subject to change based on many different factors including but not limited to individual patient, diagnosis, and treatment specific variables. It is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific orthopedic advice or assistance should consult Dr. Steven Lee or an orthopedic specialist of your choice.
*Dr. Steven Lee is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and is double fellowship trained in the areas of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, and Sports Medicine. He has offices in New York City, Scarsdale, and Westbury Long Island.