Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at this condition 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. Over time, repeated forceful hand movements can increase your risk for the disorder.

Carpal tunnel syndrome may cause pain, numbness, or tingling in your wrist and hand. The symptoms are usually worse at night and when you use your wrists and hands a lot. You may notice that over time your grip gets weaker and you tend to drop heavy objects.

Not repeating the same hand activities, doing hand and wrist exercises, and wearing a wrist splint may help. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to reduce wrist swelling or recommend a shot into your wrist. Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is a quick procedure and usually cures the condition.

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