Diagnosing & Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in PA
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition of the hands, fingers, wrists and forearms. The cause of carpal tunnel is often related to repetitive activities, such as typing at a computer, painting or working with machinery.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are pain and discomfort in the hand and fingers, along with numbness in the thumb, index and middle fingers.
Frequent symptoms also include:
- Burning sensation in fingers, wrist, hand and forearm
- Wrist or hand weakness
- Difficulty performing fine-motor movements, such as using a computer keyboard or mouse, writing or holding a mug
If you’d like to have your symptoms diagnosed, visit our skilled orthopedic doctors at UPMC for assessment and treatment. We provide expert care for carpal tunnel syndrome in Williamsport, Muncy, and Wellsboro, PA.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve — the nerve that extends from the hand to the forearm.
Risk factors for developing carpal tunnel include:
- Having smaller carpal tunnels (an inherited trait)
- Repetitive motions with the arms and hands (typing, playing an instrument)
- Older age
- Being female
- Having chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, kidney failure, rheumatoid arthritis or a thyroid imbalance
Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
At UPMC, your doctor will diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, starting with your medical history and a physical exam of your carpal tunnel symptoms (assessing finger sensation, function and strength). Additional tests may be needed, such as X-rays, electromyography (EMG) or a nerve conduction study (NCS) to evaluate nerve function.
Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at UPMC
Early treatment is most helpful for treating or even stopping the progression of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor may recommend:
- Changing up repetitive motions and positioning your body differently to reduce irritation to the hand and wrist
- Medications for pain and swelling
- A brace or splint for support
- Steroid injections for short-term pain relief
- Carpal tunnel surgery
Speak with an experienced orthopedic doctor at Susquehanna Health to receive the right diagnosis and treatment plan that fits your needs.
Orthopedic services at UPMC include complete care to evaluate, diagnose and treat carpal tunnel syndrome in Williamsport, Lock Haven, Muncy, and Wellsboro, PA.