The carpal tunnel is a space at the base of the wrist formed by eight carpal bones on the back of the wrist and a ligament along the palm side. Traveling through the carpal tunnel are wrist and hand tendons and the median nerve. The median nerve is responsible for sensation to the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. The median nerve also supplies sensation to the thumb muscles, which is very important in pinching or gripping actions.
When someone experiences pain in the wrist, numbness and tingling in the hands or fingers, decreased feeling of touch in the thumb, index finger or middle finger, reduced dexterity of the hands or fingers, or reduced grip strength, they may be suffering from Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by highly repetitive hand or finger movements. The tendons in the wrist become inflamed and apply pressure on the median nerve. We will be able to determine if your pain is due to Carpel Tunnel syndrome and provide the appropriate treatment.