Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment in Kansas City, MO


Do you feel a burning pain in your wrist or numbness in your fingers? You may have carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful medical condition caused by median nerve compression. The median nerve controls the sensation and movement of the hand. It sends feeling to the thumb and fingers except for your pinky.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

The symptoms begin slowly and worsen at night. And may include:

  • Burning pain in the wrist
  • Hot-and-cold sensations
  • Difficulty grasping things
  • Numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, middle, and ring finger
  • Occasional shock-like sensations

The two conditions that are often misdiagnosed as CTS are wrist tendonitis and cervical radiculopathy because of their similar symptoms.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes

  • Injuries
  • Heredity
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Medications
  • Work-related activities
  • Medical conditions

Carpal tunnel syndrome tests may include physical examination, nerve conduction test, electromyogram (EMG), imaging study, and even blood testing.

How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?

In some patients, CTS worsens over time. If left untreated, it can cause permanent dysfunction of the hand. Treatments include:

  • Use of brace
  • Wrist splinting
  • Medications
  • Nerve gliding exercises
  • Steroids injections
  • Surgery

Surgery (carpal tunnel release) is recommended when non-surgical treatments don’t help. It helps relieve pressure and increase blood flow and function of the nerve.

At Orthopedic Health of Kansas City, our team of specialty-trained hand surgeons is ready to help you get back to doing the things you love.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Doctors

 

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City hand and wrist specialists. They will perform a complete examination, diagnosing and ultimately treating any problem. From simple physical therapy to complicated surgery, you’re in good hands with Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and we will do what it takes to get you active again.