Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Causes, Symptoms, & TreatmentCarpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the compression of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel in the wrist. The median nerve runs through the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger closest to the middle finger.

What are the symptoms?

Common symptoms include numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand, wrist, and forearm. Less common symptoms include hand pain at night and weakness in the hand and wrist. Symptoms usually start gradually and get worse over time.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

CTS is caused by pressure on the median nerve, typically from swelling. This swilling can come from hypothyroidism, obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or even pregnancy. Many cases of CTS arise from an unknown source.

How is it treated?

For mild symptoms, treatments include reducing the activity that causes pain and numbness, taking anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling, and wearing a wrist splint at night to relieve pressure on the median nerve. For more severe cases, surgery is a viable option. Neurosurgery Associates, LLC provides peripheral nerve services, including carpal tunnel release to treat CTS. This procedure involves cutting the carpal ligament that is pressing down on the carpal tunnel to make room for the median nerve and tendons.

If you are experiencing symptoms of CTS and live in the Columbus, Ohio area, contact us today to see how we can help you.

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NEW Headache Clinic in Columbus, Ohio!

Headache Clinic

Tiffany Epps, CNP

Neurosurgery Associates has now opened a Headache Clinic in Columbus, Ohio! The Headache Clinic will be led by our Nurse Practitioner, Tiffany Epps.

It’s very difficult to know the source and solution to consistent headaches. There are various types of headaches including tension, migraine and even sinus headaches. Some headaches have a simple solution, others could be a sign of something much more serious. That’s where we come in.

If you are experiencing headaches that are getting in the way of your daily comfort, our Headache Clinic can help you find the relief you deserve.

If you are in the Columbus, Ohio area, please contact us to set up an appointment and see how we can help alleviate your headaches. Click here to download the headache questionnaire.

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