When you have carpal tunnel syndrome, it typically causes mild symptoms at first, such as numbness that affects certain fingers from time to time. You’ll usually have these symptoms in your index and middle fingers, as well as your thumb, but you might also have numbness in your ring finger. These symptoms might also affect your wrist and arm. When you have carpal tunnel symptoms, they tend to flare up when you’re holding or gripping objects. If your muscles become weak, you might end up dropping these objects.
You can get carpal tunnel syndrome when you have pressure on your median nerve, which extends from your lower arm to your wrist and hand. This pressure can result from the following:
Dr. Bennett will have you try nonsurgical treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome to see if they relieve your symptoms. These options typically include:
Dr. Bennett might recommend surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome if you have severe symptoms that interfere with daily activities and nonsurgical treatments haven’t worked. He’ll discuss your options and help you decide which procedure might be more effective for relieving your symptoms. Surgical options for carpal tunnel syndrome include:
If you need treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, please contact J. Michael Bennett, MD, PA to make an appointment.