About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a wrist condition. Carpal tunnel occurs when the transverse carpal ligament compresses the median nerve. The median nerve is important because its innervate muscles in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers.

Common Causes:

  • Repetitive motion with hands (i.e. typing, counting money)s
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • High blood pressure
  • Fracture
  • Injury

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may include:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness in the thumb and/or fingers
  • Inability to grip

When you arrive for your initial consultation, an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Hand Specialist will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome, our experts will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays (to rule out a fracture), MRI and EMG ( nerve conduction study)

Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible and then treat your underlying cause.

Common Treatments:

The goal of treatment is to take pressure off the nerve and calm inflammation. Several nonsurgical treatment options may be used to accomplish this goal. They include:

Immobilization

A removable wrist brace is worn during the day while using the wrist and hand and at night while sleeping.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Oral medications decrease nerve inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy

An OPA approved hand therapist can help you maintain your motion and function

Injections

An injection of steroid and numbing medications quickly decreases inflammation and pain. Injections may be given in three-month intervals.

If nonsurgical treatment options do not improve symptoms, our physician may recommend surgery. A carpal tunnel release is a quick outpatient procedure. Symptom relief is experienced very quickly, sometimes within a few hours. The procedure is performed under local sedation so patients do not need to be put to sleep.

At OPA, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Hand Specialists are experts in treating carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you are in pain and would like a treatment solution you should contact OPA to schedule an appointment at our location in Anchorage.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Hand & Wrist Team

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Owen L. Ala, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Christopher Manion, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

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