Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition that affects the wrist, specifically the carpal tunnel – a narrow passageway through which crucial nerves and tendons of the forearm and hand pass. When this tunnel swells, it compresses these vital structures, causing severe pain and limiting hand functionality. At City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, our skilled orthopedic physicians are dedicated to treating CTS, offering tailored treatment options for a complete recovery of hand and finger function.

Common Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

CTS is prevalent, especially among individuals engaged in repetitive wrist movements. It is often associated with the following physical activities:

  1. Computer Work: Frequently observed in individuals with professions involving extensive typing or computer usage.
  2. Forceful Gripping: Common among cyclists, tennis players, carpenters, and construction workers who engage in activities requiring a strong grip.
  3. Repetitive Wrist Movements: Occurs in people participating in activities or occupations involving repeated hand and wrist motions, such as playing musical instruments or painting.

Recognizing Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you experience any of the following CTS symptoms, it’s crucial to schedule an appointment with our hand and wrist specialists at City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine for a comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and effective treatment to prevent complications and alleviate prolonged discomfort:

  • Hand or finger pain
  • Burning sensations
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Shooting pains
  • Nighttime waking due to hand pain or cramping
  • Difficulty moving fingers
  • Sensation of hand swelling (even without visible swelling)
  • Weakened grip
  • Trouble holding or picking up small objects

Expert Diagnosis and Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Our experienced physicians at City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine utilize evidence-based approaches for CTS diagnosis and treatment. Our diagnostic process includes:

  • Detailed inquiry about your symptoms
  • Thorough examination of your hand, wrist, and elbow
  • Specialized tests to ensure accurate diagnosis
  • Nerve conduction studies, often used to confirm the diagnosis and guide our customized treatment strategy tailored to each patient.

Effective Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Whenever possible, we prioritize minimally invasive treatment options. Our recommended conservative approaches may include:

  • Rest
  • Wrist braces or splints to immobilize your wrist
  • Lifestyle adjustments
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections

At City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, we are committed to providing exceptional patient care and restoring your hand and wrist function. Don’t let Carpal Tunnel Syndrome hinder your quality of life. Contact us today for expert diagnosis and treatment.

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