Hand and extremity surgery

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by symptoms in the hand such as tingling, numbness, pain and decreased grip as time goes on. This is caused by increased pressure on the median nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel, which is located in the wrist.

Dr. Byrne is able to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome in patients through simple examinations on the hand, fingers and wrist. Additionally, electrodiagnostic testing can be used to further confirm the diagnosis. Early diagnosis and introduction of treatment is important in order to help prevent permanent damage on the median nerve.

Working together, you and Dr. Byrne will be able to determine what type of treatment option is best for you. For example, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and stretching and strengthening exercises can help patients with mild or sporadic symptoms. In cases of carpal tunnel syndrome that have not improved from non-surgical treatment, surgery is a common choice.

Carpal tunnel surgery is one of the most common outpatient surgical procedures in the United States today. Many patients feel immediate alleviation of symptoms following surgery.