Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressively painful hand and arm condition caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist.

carpal_tunnel_syndrome 1_use copyThe carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway bound by bones and ligaments, an area about as big around as your thumb and located on the palm side of your wrist. This tunnel protects a main nerve to your hand (median nerve) and nine tendons that bend your fingers.

Symptoms:

Compression of the median nerve produces tingling or numbness, pain radiating and extending from the wrist up the arm to the shoulder area or down into the palm or finger area and eventually hand weakness.

Diagnosis:

Dr. Joseph Hecht brings a compassionate and caring approach to every condition and injury assessment.  During his assessment he will perform a thorough evaluation and examination to determine the extent of your injuries, including a complete review of your medical history.

He may also utilized onsite OSNI diagnostic tools such as an MRI, X-ray or CT scan to confirm the extent of your condition or an electromyogram or nerve conductivity test to complete their assessment.

Treatment:

Dr. Hecht typically begins with less invasive, conservative treatment options before considering other options, such as surgery.  He may elect to utilize a wrist splinting, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids to relieve the pain prior to surgical interventions.  When conservative treatment plans are unsuccessful in relieving the pain of the CTS, a minimally invasive surgical procedure may be conducted to relieve the pain from CTS.

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