Monterey Hand & Wrist Specialists
Monterey’s Expert Hand & Wrist Surgeon and Specialist in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Steven Moore, MD 831-655-4263 | Put Your Hands in His Good Hands
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome –
Dr. Moore’s Specialty
Despite what you may have heard, the fact is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome strikes randomly. Only about 5 out of 100 people suffer from the condition, even when exposed to the same occupational hazards. The vast majority of people who develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome have no pre-existing problems.
None-the-less, some diseases may be associated with the development of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. They include degenerative arthritis, wrist fractures or joint dislocations, rheumatoid arthritis, fluid retention during pregnancy, thyroid problems and diabetes.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition brought on by increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist – basically a pinched nerve in the wrist. There is a space in the wrist called the carpal tunnel where the median nerve and nine tendons pass from the forearm into the hand. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when pressure builds up on the nerve. When the pressure becomes great enough to disturb the way the nerve works, numbness, tingling, and pain may be felt in the wrist, hand and fingers.
Symptoms usually are felt during the night but also may be noticed during daily activities such as driving or reading. Patients may sometimes notice a weaker grip, occasional clumsiness, and a tendency to drop things. In severe cases, sensation may be permanently lost, and the muscles at the base of the thumb atrophy, reducing the ability to pinch, causing loss of strength, and decreased motion. Conservative treatment measures can include splinting, avoidance of vibrating tools, sometimes medications, or perhaps a cortisone injection.
Steven Moore, MD 19 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Suite 150, Monterey, CA 93940, 831-655-4263