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Carpal Tunnel Specialist

Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute

Neurosurgeons located in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Sallisaw, Miami, & Claremore, OK

Are you experiencing numbness or tingling in your fingers or hands? Do you struggle to turn the key in your door because your hand is too weak? You may have carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a neuropathic condition that tends to worsen over time. The skilled neurosurgeons at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Sallisaw, Miami, and Claremore, Oklahoma, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel. Getting an early diagnosis and treatment plan may prevent long-term complications and permanent nerve damage. Call the office to request an appointment today.

Carpal Tunnel Q & A

What is a carpal tunnel?

The carpal tunnel is a rigid, narrow passageway in your wrist. Your wrist bones make up the floor of the carpal tunnel, and strong ligaments make up the roof, which limits stretching and movement of your carpal tunnel. 

Your median nerve, which is one of the main nerves in your hand, passes through your carpal tunnel to your hand. This nerve provides sensory information to the palm side of your thumb, index, and middle finger. It also controls the muscles found at the base of your thumb.

Because of the rigidity of the carpal tunnel, any injury, inflammation, or overuse of your wrist may compress the median nerve, causing carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a neuropathic condition that affects the function of your median nerve. When left untreated, the compression on the nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel may lead to permanent nerve damage. 

What are carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms?

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms start out slowly and worsen over time. Signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Tingling or numbness in your hand or fingers
  • Difficulty grasping objects
  • Hand muscle weakness
  • Loss of muscle mass at the base of your thumb

Initially, you may only experience symptoms first thing in the morning. But when left untreated, you may not be able to “shake off” your symptoms.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute to schedule an evaluation. An early diagnosis and treatment plan may prevent permanent median nerve damage.

How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?

The experts at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute conduct a thorough evaluation to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome. During the exam, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical history, and then performs a physical exam.

To confirm or rule out carpal tunnel syndrome, the team at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute runs various diagnostic tests, such as lab work or electrodiagnostic tests that assess nerve health and function.

Your provider may also request an ultrasound or MRI to more closely evaluate your carpal tunnel.

How is carpal tunnel treated?

The team at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute takes a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. The specifics of your treatment plan depend on the severity of your symptoms and the degree of nerve damage. 

When diagnosed early, your provider may recommend:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Activity modification
  • Bracing

If your symptoms worsen, the team performs carpal tunnel release, which is a surgical procedure that severs the ligament roof of your carpal tunnel to alleviate nerve compression.

To schedule your carpal tunnel evaluation, call Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute today.