Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Specialist

Wisconsin Spine and Pain

Pain Management serving Waukesha, Green Bay, Sheboygan, West Bend, and Greenfield, WI

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms start as tingling or numbness in the fingers that quickly resolves when you shake out your hand. Over time, the symptoms worsen and occur more frequently. If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, the board-certified physicians at Wisconsin Spine and Pain in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Greenfield, Wisconsin, can provide the care you need to prevent your nerve condition from getting worse. Call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Q&A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also known as median nerve compression, is an entrapment neuropathy that affects the median nerve. 

Your median nerve is the primary sensory and motor nerve in your hand. It travels through the carpal tunnel in your wrist and controls operation and feeling in your thumb and movement of your pointer, middle, and ring finger. 

Your carpal tunnel is a narrow, rigid passageway made of bones and ligaments. Inflammation or damage to the carpal tunnel may compress the median nerve as it passes through, causing carpal tunnel syndrome.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

There’s no single condition or event that causes carpal tunnel syndrome. However, certain activities and conditions may increase your risk of developing the nerve condition, such as:

  • Repetitive wrist movements
  • History of diabetes, hypothyroidism, or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Wrist trauma
  • Genetics

In some instances, the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is unknown. 

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms affect the fingers and thumb on the palm side of your hand. Common symptoms include:

  • Burning, tingling, numbness in your palm, thumb, or fingers
  • Weakening hand grip
  • Electric shock-like sensations in your fingers
  • A tingling sensation that travels up your arm

Symptoms start gradually and worsen over time. When left untreated, your carpal tunnel syndrome may lead to permanent damage to your median nerve. 

How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?

The Wisconsin Spine and Pain team conducts comprehensive evaluations to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome. They look at your symptoms and medical history and examine your wrist and hand.

The team runs various diagnostic tests such as X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, electromyogram, and nerve conduction studies to confirm a diagnosis. 

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the severity of your symptoms. For patients with mild to moderate symptoms, the team takes a non-surgical approach and recommends splinting, medication, and physical therapy. 

However, most patients with carpal tunnel syndrome benefit from carpal tunnel release surgery to alleviate pressure on the nerve. During the procedure, your surgeon severs the carpal tunnel ligament. 

Early diagnosis and treatment can benefit carpal tunnel syndrome. For comprehensive care from an experienced team, call Wisconsin Spine and Pain or schedule an appointment online today.