Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that affects your thumb, index finger, and middle finger, causing a tingling sensation, numbness, and weakness in your hand. It occurs when there’s pressure on your median nerve, which runs through the carpal tunnel passageway from your wrist to your hand. The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may seem insignificant at first, but they may gradually become more severe and frequent.
Repetitive flexing of the wrist, particularly in a cold environment, may contribute to causing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but anatomy, sex, other medical conditions, weight, and fluid retention may play a role, as well.
When it’s caught early, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be treated with non-surgical methods and simple adjustments like taking breaks to rest your hands, applying ice packs to reduce inflammation, and avoiding actions that may worsen your condition, if possible. You may require surgery if your symptoms are severe or don’t respond to these treatments.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome causes symptoms similar to those you’d experience with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but primarily affects your pinky finger, ring finger, and elbow.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is also caused by similar factors as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Anatomy, frequent pressure against your elbow, and the stretching or snapping of the nerve may all contribute to the development of this condition.
Certain hand exercises and therapies can help when Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is caught early. Braces, splints, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can also help manage any pain or discomfort you’re experiencing. If these treatments don’t provide relief, you may be a candidate for surgery.
If you’re suffering from carpal or Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, our orthopedic specialists can help. Schedule a consultation with one of our doctors now.