Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Specialist
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects millions of people annually, and it can inhibit day-to-day activities. Dr. Furie at Global Orthopedics can aid patients in Atlanta, Georgia who are in need of relief from carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal Tunnel Q & A

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What is carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition which can cause pain and discomfort due to a pinched nerve in the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage located on the inside of your wrist. The purpose of this tunnel is to protect the main nerve to your hand and the tendons that bend your fingers. Compression of this nerve produces the numbness, tingling and, eventually, hand weakness that bring about carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are the symptoms?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is evident by a gradual and progressive numbness or tingling in your thumb, index, and middle fingers. This discomfort can also be accompanied by discomfort in your wrist and hand. Common carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include:

  • Tingling or numbness - tingling and numbness occurs in the fingers or hand. This can be particularly evident when holding a steering wheel, phone, or newspaper. It is also common when you first wake from sleeping. The tingling sensation may extend from your wrist and up your arm.
  • Weakness - weakness in your hand causing you to drop objects may be due to the numbness in your hand or weakness of the thumb's pinching muscles, which are controlled by the median nerve.

When should I see a doctor?

If you notice signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, especially if they interfere with your normal activities, you should see your doctor. If carpal tunnel is left untreated, permanent nerve and muscle damage can occur. Dr. Furie may conduct one or more of the following tests to determine the degree of your carpal tunnel:

History of symptoms - Dr. Furie will review your symptoms. The pattern of your signs and symptoms may offer clues to their cause.

Physical examination - Dr. Furie will conduct a physical examination to test the feeling in your fingers and the strength of the muscles in your hand.

X-ray - Dr. Furie may recommend an X-ray of the affected wrist to exclude other causes of wrist pain, such as arthritis or a fracture.

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