Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common hand disorder characterized as tingling and/or numbness to the fingers or pain in the wrist and fingers. It occurs as a result of pressure on the median nerve. The median nerve supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to numbness, tingling or weakness in the hand and fingers. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may even wake you up from sleep. In some cases, muscle damage can also occur.
Are You at Risk?
Everyday activities may increase your risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Assembly line work
- Use of hand tools
- Golf, Tennis, Racquetball
- Playing certain musical instruments
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome ranges from activity modification, splinting, and injection for the less severe cases to surgery (carpal tunnel release) in the more severe cases. In some cases, a comprehensive hand therapy program can relive the painful symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Your physician or surgeon may request a special test called an EMG to evaluate the function and degree of damage to the median nerve prior to considering a surgical procedure.
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Meet the Doctor
After graduating from Loma Linda School of Medicine Dr. Unsell spent more than a decade serving at Loma Linda in several positions including the Assistant Professor of Orthopedics as well as the Assistant director of the Hand Fellowship Program. He has been involved with the training of 35 hand fellows, 15 of which now hold academic teaching positions.