Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common form of entrapment neuropathy, a condition caused by nerves passing through a narrow space that’s being compressed, in this case the wrist. It’s estimated that 10% of adults will suffer from CTS at some point in their lifetime.
At Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (AOSM), with locations in Union City and Dyersburg, Tennessee, Dr. Michael Calfee, Paxton Sisson PA-C, and the rest of our skilled team provide a diagnosis and treatment plan for patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is specifically caused by compression of the median nerve that runs through your wrist into the palm of your hand. This nerve is responsible for transferring the impulses that run from the brain to the muscle that moves your thumb and that delivers sensations to most of your fingers. When your wrist is swollen, the tunnel through which the median nerve runs is compressed, which can cause numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain.
There are several risk factors for CTS. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to suffer from carpal tunnel issues.
If Dr. Calfee suspects you may have CTS, he can use your medical history and physical examination tests, called nerve conduction studies, to arrive at a diagnosis. These tests measure the conduction speed of your nerve impulses, and a slow signal is a typical sign you have CTS.
You can help avoid carpal tunnel syndrome by protecting your wrist health. Consider taking the following steps to reduce strain and inflammation and keep your wrists from becoming swollen.