Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and how is it treated?

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve, the nerve that passes underneath the transverse carpal ligament of the wrist, becomes compressed.  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can cause any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness

Symptoms may be felt in the thumb, index, middle, and/or ring fingers. Patients who are experiencing symptoms and would like a treatment solution are encouraged to make an appointment with one of the Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Hand Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates. Once CTS is officially diagnosed, it can be effectively treated using a variety of treatment options.

How is it treated?

The majority of cases of CTS are treated using nonsurgical treatment options. The Hand Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates prescribe customized treatment plans that include a combination of the following:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Bracing
  • Injections
  • Hand therapy
  • Activity modification

When symptoms do not respond to nonsurgical treatment options, surgical intervention in the form of a carpal tunnel release may be recommended. The Hand Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates perform minimally invasive arthroscopic carpal tunnel releases and traditional carpal tunnel releases using only a small incision.