Our Hands Serving Your Hands
When you experience a hand or wrist problem, it can get in the way of performing activities of daily living. To get back to your active lifestyle, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Our orthopedic hand surgeon will evaluate your condition and work with you to pursue the least invasive approach to care possible.
Know the Signs of Carpal Tunnel Trouble
Hand/wrist problems often come in the form of nerve compression syndromes. The most common one being carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS. CTS is a condition brought on by increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. Mild CTS symptoms primarily affect the hand and sometimes the forearm, but they can radiate up to the shoulder. The symptoms of CTS often occur in both hands, but symptoms are usually worse in one hand than the other. Symptoms include:
- Numbness or pain in your hand, forearm or wrist that awakens you at night. (Shaking or moving your fingers may ease this numbness and pain.)
- Occasional tingling, numbness, "pins-and-needles" sensation or pain. The feeling is similar to your hand falling asleep.
- Numbness or pain that gets worse while you are using your hand or wrist, especially when gripping an object with your hand or bending (flexing) your wrist.
- Occasional aching pain in your forearm between your elbow and wrist.
- Stiffness in your fingers when you get up in the morning.
With moderate or severe carpal tunnel symptoms, you may have numbness or reduced strength and grip in your fingers, thumb or hand, and it may be difficult to do even simple hand movements.
Dr. Le is trained to evaluate, diagnosis and treat CTS and other rare and common hand/wrist conditions. We will make all treatment decisions with you only after careful evaluation and discussion of your symptoms, concerns and needs, and pursue the least invasive care possible.