Carpal Tunnel Specialist

Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Huntingdon Valley, PA

Early detection of carpal tunnel can make it easier to treat. If you live in the Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania area and have experienced tingling or numbness in your hand and fingers, schedule an appointment with the experts at Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates today. You can the office or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment.

Carpal Tunnel Q&A

What is carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which controls the movement of most of your fingers, is squeezed or pinched as it travels through the carpal tunnel.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel has a few distinct symptoms, most commonly numbness or tingling in your hand and fingers. You may also experience these issues traveling up your arm.

Another symptom of carpal tunnel is a weakened grip. You may notice this when picking up items or even when trying to press a button on the remote.

Carpal tunnel typically doesn’t affect the pinky finger, but you may experience symptoms in the other four fingers.

What causes carpal tunnel?

There is no one cause of carpal tunnel. However, you may be at increased risk of developing the condition if:

  • You have a family history of carpal tunnel
  • You make repetitive motions with your hand
  • You have improper computer posture (especially while typing)
  • You have diabetes

Some women may also develop carpal tunnel as a result of pregnancy. The extra hormones can cause swelling throughout the body, which can lead to swelling in the carpal tunnel.

How is carpal tunnel diagnosed?

To diagnose carpal tunnel, the specialists at Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates start with an examination. The team may have you move your hand as this can trigger symptoms, as well as test the strength in your hand. He also asks you about your symptoms, such as when they started and how often you experience them.

X-rays and other tests that check the nerve function in your hand can help exclude other issues and lead to a carpal tunnel diagnosis.

How is carpal tunnel treated?

Often, carpal tunnel symptoms can be relieved by resting the hand. You can also:

  • Improve your posture at your desk
  • Take frequent breaks to rest your hands at work
  • Wear a splint
  • Have injections to relieve inflammation

Surgery is another treatment option for carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel surgery involves cutting the ligament on the median nerve, which eases the pressure on the nerve in the carpal tunnel.

If you’re experiencing pain, numbness, or tingling in your hand or fingers, schedule an appointment with Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates online or by calling the office.