Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnel is a narrow structure in the wrist that is encased by carpal bones and carpal ligaments. Important nerves and tendons run through this tunnel and when tissues surrounding the tendon swell they put pressure on the median nerve running through the tunnel.
Symptoms may come and go, but eventually can become constant and disrupt every day activities.
If nonsurgical treatments, such as bracing/splinting, medications, rest, or steroid injections, are not helpful it may be necessary to have surgery.
During a carpal tunnel surgery, the ligament surrounding the tunnel is divided to increase the size of the tunnel and relieve pressure.
Recovery from surgery is gradual and although the symptoms may immediately go away, it is sometimes necessary to work with a physical therapist to regain strength.