Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common disorder that affects the wrist and hand. If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you'll notice numbness and tingling in your hand, wrist and arm. Other symptoms might include shooting pains in your hand and forearm and possibly a weakened grip. 
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched median nerve. This nerve passes through a tunnel in your wrist, formed by bones and ligaments, known as the "carpal tunnel." A narrowing of this tunnel, or swelling of tissues inside the tunnel, puts pressure on the median nerve.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common in people who often need to bend their wrists at work and those who frequently use power tools that cause strong vibrations. In some cases, an inflammatory disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can be a cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition can make it difficult to perform even simple tasks, and the related pain can interrupt sleep. But carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated, and your symptoms can be relieved.

Our Approach

M Health Fairview physicians at our Orthopedic Clinic are dedicated to delivering excellent care, innovative research and meaningful educational programs for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. We specialize in general orthopedics, as well as surgery, reconstruction and therapy.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Frequently performed carpal tunnel syndrome-related procedures include:

Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy is a frequently used procedure by orthopedic surgeons to examine, diagnose, and treat disorders inside a joint. Arthroscopic surgery is an option for a number of medical conditions, including: achilles tendonitis, arthritis, bone fracture, heel spur, herniated disc, and more.
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Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Surgery

There are a wide range of injuries, disorders and joint conditions that can affect hands, wrists, and elbows of you or your child. These might be due to sports injuries, one of several forms of arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more.
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Shoulder Surgery

Shouler pain can originate from the shoulder itself, or from surrounding muscles and tendons, and it usually worsens with movement. If you or your child has shoulder pain, your physician will usually try conservative, non-invasive treatments before suggesting shoulder surgery.
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Casting, Bracing, and Splinting

Injuries to bones often require immobilization through a cast, brace, or splint. Other reasons include genetic disorders, such as scoliosis, as well as surgeriews where an intervention is required in order for the affected area to heal properly.
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Neuromuscular Ultrasound

Neuromuscular ultrasound is an imaging test which is complementary to the electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) and allows your physician to directly visualize your nerves and muscles.
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Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)

EMG and NCS are diagnostic tests that help your physician evaluate the function of your peripheral nerves and the electrical activity generated by your muscles. Those tests might be prescribed if you have tingling, numbness, weakness, muscle cramping or pain.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Medical Management
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

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