Upper Extremity Surgery – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. This nerve passes through a tunnel created by the bones and ligaments of the wrist, known as the carpal tunnel. When the median nerve is pinched in this tunnel, you can feel pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling, particularly in the thumb and index finger.
- Burning, tingling, and numbness in the palm of the hand and fingers
- Decreased grip strength
- Decreased sensitivity to hot and cold
- Rest and ice
- Immobilization of the wrist
- Anti-inflammatory medication when necessary
- Cortisone injections when necessary
- Surgery to cut the ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel
Watch Dr. Katt’s video on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!