Your hands and wrists are extremely complex structures, composed of many small bones called carpals, metacarpals and phalanges. The two bones of the lower arm, the radius and ulna, meet at the hand to form the wrist. Multiple flexor and extensor tendons cross the wrist and hand, serving to move your wrist and fingers. All must work together to allow you the use of your hands for day-to-day living.
The carpal tunnel, a narrow space at the base of the hand, houses the median nerve and several tendons as they run from your forearm to your hand. The median nerve is important because it controls both movement and feeling in your thumb and first three fingers. Pressure on the median nerve causes carpal tunnel syndrome. This pressure can result from a variety of factors, such as certain diseases, injury, overuse of the hand and wrist, pregnancy, obesity and smoking.
What you should know about the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome:
• Symptoms may include pain, weakness, tingling or numbness in the hand and wrist, possibly radiating up the arm.
• Symptoms most often occur in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. Because the median nerve does not control the little finger, it will not be affected by carpal tunnel syndrome.
• The symptoms may first occur at night, and may be relieved by “shaking out” the hand.
At Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, we offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment of hand and wrist conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome. If you’re experiencing any or all of the symptoms discussed above, we invite you to make an appointment with one of the leading FL orthopedics specialists. Call Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine today at (954) 400-5544 and get your life back!