Carpal Tunnel And Nerve Conditions

The Hand Center

Kelley Wear, MD

ABS Certified Hand and Wrist Surgeon located in Broomfield, CO & Thorton, CO

Are you waking up with a tingly sensation in your hand? Do you feel as though your grip isn’t as strong as it used to be? You may be experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome or another nerve condition. Kelley Wear, MD, expert hand surgeon at The Hand Center in Broomfield and Thornton, Colorado, can determine if you have carpal tunnel syndrome or a nerve condition and provide treatment to relieve your symptoms. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online reservation button.

Carpal Tunnel and Nerve Conditions Q & A

What nerve conditions affect the hand?

Damage to the nerves that travel to your hand can lead to a numbness, tingling, cramping or weakness. This damage may be due to overstretching, severed nerve, or too much pressure on the nerve which can cut off the blood supply.

Some of the most common types of nerve conditions that affect the hand include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Radial tunnel syndrome

Most nerve conditions impacting the hand can be quickly and successfully treated if the nerve is intact. If a nerve is cut, it can take some time after repair to regain sensation.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which is the nerve that runs down your forearm to your hand, gets compressed at your wrist. Your median nerve provides feeling to the palm of your hand, thumb, pointer, middle, and part of your ring finger. It also controls some movement in your thumb.

Injury or repetitive movements of your wrist may cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Women are more prone to the condition than men, and your dominant hand is usually but not always affected first.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain, tingling, or numbness in the thumb, index, middle, or ring fingers
  • Weak grip
  • Difficulty holding onto items
  • Clumsiness

These symptoms can be most often felt at night, but you may also experience them during your daily activities, such as driving. They may also be increased when raising your hands such as in combing your hair or talking on the telephone.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, Dr. Wear can perform an examination to confirm if you have carpal tunnel syndrome. A neurodiagnostic test, which evaluates nerve conduction velocity, may also be recommended for a diagnosis.

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

Surgery is the gold standard for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, but it isn’t always necessary. Dr. Wear may recommend more conservative treatments first such as the use of a splint and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication.

Making a few changes to how you use your wrist may also significantly reduce your discomfort. This may include being cognizant of keeping your wrist straight, changes in your workstation and avoiding activities that create repetitive wrist motion.

What type of surgery is available for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel release is the surgery that treats carpal tunnel syndrome and is one of the most common procedures performed in the United States. During surgery, Dr. Wear opens the carpal tunnel to release the pressure on your median nerve. It’s an outpatient procedure usually performed using a Bier block. During the block, the arm is numbed with medication and you are given sedation to make you comfortable and reduce anxiety.

Most people experience instant relief from their symptoms and can go back to work in three days. For strenuous work, it may take up to seven to ten days.

For the management of carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve conditions, call The Hand Center or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.