Your carpal tunnel is, in fact, a tunnel that runs along the inside of your wrist, creating a pathway from your arm to your hand. Your carpal tunnel is made up of small bones that form the bottom and sides of the conduit, with a tight ligament across the top creating the “roof.”
Traveling through this busy tunnel is your median nerve, which runs down your arm and into your hand, and provides sensation for most of your hand except your pinkie finger.
That nerve is not the only traveler through this busy tunnel — nine flexor tendons that control the movements of your fingers also pass through your carpal tunnel. The tunnel contains synovium, tissues that provide lubrication for the movement of your tendons and enable smooth passage for these tendons.
Your carpal tunnel is a busy thoroughfare in a tight, unyielding space, which means that anytime there’s a disruption, it can affect your nerve and your tendons.
With carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) just such a disruption takes place. If your synovium becomes irritated and inflamed, it crowds the inside of your carpal tunnel, placing pressure on your median nerve.
The most common symptoms of CTS are:
Depending upon the extent of the nerve irritation, your discomfort can range from mild to severe.
Most cases of CTS come on gradually and are usually the result of:
Since CTS typically develops gradually, early intervention is key.
Dr. Bertram treats each case of CTS individually, depending upon the extent of your condition and your goals. After an extensive examination and diagnosis, Dr. Bertram offers several treatments and therapies that successfully address the symptoms of CTS, giving you full use of your wrist and hand again.
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