Carpal Tunnel Specialist

Martin Bertram, MD -  - Pain Medicine Physician

Martin Bertram, MD

Pain Medicine Physician & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Springfield, OH

While carpal tunnel syndrome may not be life-threatening, it’s a nagging condition that can cause constant pain or discomfort and limit the use of your hands. Martin Bertram, MD, is well versed in diagnosing and treating carpal tunnel syndrome at his practice in Springfield, Ohio, helping his patients to regain full function of their wrists and hands. If you’re suffering from the limitations of carpal tunnel syndrome, call or book an appointment online

Carpal Tunnel Q & A

What is the carpal tunnel?

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.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

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.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

The most common symptoms of CTS are:

  • Pain, numbness, tingling, or burning in your fingers, except your pinkie
  • Weakness in your hand
  • Pain that radiates back through your arm to your shoulder
  • Jolts of pain with specific movements that travel either forward or back

Depending upon the extent of the nerve irritation, your discomfort can range from mild to severe.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Most cases of CTS come on gradually and are usually the result of:

  • Repetitive use
  • Heredity
  • Being female (it’s far more common in women than men)
  • Extreme flexion or extension of your wrist
  • Pregnancy
  • Health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes

Since CTS typically develops gradually, early intervention is key.

What is the treatment for CTS?

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.

To get started, call Martin Bertram, MD, or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.