Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a strange-sounding problem and it has nothing to do with the kind of tunnels you drive through. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about this disorder of the wrist and hand in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common, painful disorder of the wrist and hand. It happens when the median nerve, which runs through the wrist, gets squeezed under a band of tissue called a ligament. This causes pain and other symptoms along the nerve.

Anything that increases pressure on the median nerve can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. People who use their hands and wrists repeatedly in the same way are more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome may cause pain, numbness or tingling in your wrist and hand, mostly in the middle finger, index finger, and thumb.

If you have a disease or condition that is causing carpal tunnel syndrome, treatment may improve your symptoms. Not repeating the same hand activities over and over, doing hand and wrist exercises and wearing a wrist splint may also help. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to reduce wrist swelling or recommend a shot into your wrist. If these treatments don't help, surgery may be an option.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.