Carpal Tunnel Specialist

Advanced Plastic and Hand Surgery

Hand Surgeons & Plastic Surgeons located in Kettering, OH

The weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations you’re experiencing in your hands may be due to carpal tunnel syndrome. This frustrating condition can worsen over time and eventually interfere with simple activities such as driving or holding a glass of water. Dr. Sunishka Wimalawansa and Dr. R. Michael Johnson are highly-skilled, board-certified plastic surgeons, with additional specialized fellowship training and additional certifications in surgery of the hand and upper extremity, at Advanced Plastic and Hand Surgery serving Kettering, Ohio and Dayton, OH, who specialize in surgeries of the hand and wrist, including carpal tunnel surgery. For relief from your symptoms, call the office today to make an appointment or use the online service to schedule your visit.

Carpal Tunnel Q & A

Advanced Plastic and Hand Surgery

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Your carpal tunnel is a fairly narrow passageway which is located within your wrist on the palm side. This opening allows your median nerve to travel from your forearm to portions of your hand and fingers. This nerve provides sensation to the palm side of your thumb and first three fingers. It also carries the nerve signals from your brain that instruct the muscles at the base of your thumb to move.

The median nerve shares its space in the carpal tunnel with nine tendons that also connect with your forearm muscles and move the digits of your hand.  Pressure on the median nerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel causes the condition commonly known as carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms typically start gradually and may worsen over time.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Numbness or tingling in your thumb and index, middle, and ring fingers that initially comes and goes but may become persistent
  • Discomfort in your wrist and the palm of your hand
  • Numbness, tingling, and electrical shock sensations that can travel from your wrist up your arm and often while you’re holding a steering wheel, phone, or book
  • Numbness and tingling in your hands that wakes you from sleep
  • Weakness in your hand that may eventually cause you to drop objects

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Any action or condition that squeezes or irritates the median nerve in the carpal tunnel may cause you to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. A wrist fracture, for instance, can narrow your carpal tunnel and put pressure on the nerve. Arthritis that causes swelling and inflammation in your wrist joint can bring on the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Gender also seems to play a role. Women are much more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome than men. Other issues that may increase your risk of irritating the median nerve include:

  • Illnesses known to cause nerve damage, such as diabetes
  • Fluid retention during pregnancy and menopause
  • Thyroid disorders, kidney failure, and other serious medical conditions may also increase your chances of developing carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Workplace activities, including work with vibrating tools or any activity that requires prolonged or repetitive flexing of the wrist, such as painting