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Median Nerve Compression At Carpal Tunnel

If you suffer from median nerve compression at carpal tunnel, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is Median Nerve Compression?

Median nerve compression at the carpal tunnel refers to a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

Bones and ligaments form a narrow passageway in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel. The median nerve, along with several tendons, passes through this tunnel.

When the median nerve becomes compressed or squeezed at the carpal tunnel, it can lead to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. This compression can occur due to various factors such as repetitive hand movements, wrist injury, certain medical conditions (e.g., arthritis), hormonal changes, or hereditary factors.

Indication Of Median Nerve Compression At Carpal Tunnel

Symptoms of median nerve compression at the carpal tunnel include pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the hand and fingers. These symptoms often affect the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. Individuals with CTS may also experience discomfort that radiates up the arm. Activities involving repetitive hand movements or nighttime may exacerbate the symptoms, making them more noticeable.

Treatments For Median Nerve Compression At Carpal Tunnel

Treatment options for median nerve compression at the carpal tunnel include non-surgical and surgical approaches. Non-surgical treatments often include wrist splinting, activity modification, pain medications, and corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation. In cases where conservative measures fail to provide relief, surgeons may recommend surgical intervention, such as carpal tunnel release surgery. This procedure involves cutting the ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel to relieve pressure on the median nerve.

If non-surgical treatments fail to alleviate symptoms or if symptoms are severe, healthcare providers may recommend carpal tunnel release surgery. During this procedure, they cut the ligament forming the carpal tunnel roof to expand space for the median nerve.

Following carpal tunnel release surgery, recovery varies, but most individuals notice symptom improvement over time. Healthcare providers may prescribe physical therapy and exercises to restore strength, flexibility, and function in the hand and wrist.


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