combination of risk factors contributes to the development of
the condition, which tends to create initial symptoms at
treatment options are available to relieve tingling and
numbness, and restore wrist and hand function.
pathway within the structure of palm side of the hand creates
is the carpal tunnel ligament," says orthopedic surgeon
Dr. Sanj Kakar while pointing to a model of the inner workings
of a human hand. "Itís called the transverse
retinacular ligament. The median nerve is this yellow
tunnel syndrome is simply pressure on that nerve. A majority
of the times, doctors donít know why, but sometimes it can
be due to a mass or thickening of the tissues in the carpal
patients will generally complain of numbness and
tingling," says Kakar. "It mainly happens at
says if symptoms are ignored, carpal tunnel can lead to
difficulties doing what were routine tasks, due to clumsiness
of the fingers.
have difficulty doing their bra," he adds. "Men have
difficulty doing the top button of their shirt."
says, for some patients, wearing a wrist brace at night can
ease symptoms. A steroid injection may help ó although the
effect can wear off over time. The next step is a short
surgery to open the tunnel and relieve the pressure.
we are doing is literally opening up this band," says
Kakar, referencing a computer animation of a carpal tunnel
actual procedure takes five to 10 minutes," explains
Kakar. "And itís amazing the number of times you see
patients who say, ĎI didnít realize thatís all it took.í"