Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is a painful condition that affects the hand and arms caused by a pitched nerve in the wrist. The contributing factors to the syndrome can be anatomy of a patient’s wrist, certain underlying health problems and other patterns of hand use.

Causes, & Risk Factors

The median nerve delivers feeling and movement to the “thumb side” of the hand – the part of your hand that includes your palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger, and thumb side of the ring finger.

The region in your wrist where the nerve enters the hand is referred to as the carpal tunnel. This tunnel is usually narrow, therefore any swelling can pinch the nerve and cause discomfort, pain or numbness.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is found in those who use their hands and wrists in a repetitive activity. Today, typing on a computer, laptop or tablet keyboard is probably the most common cause of carpal tunnel, but certainly other repetitive activities will also cause carpal tunnel syndrome.   The condition occurs most often in people 30 to 60 years old, and is more common in women than men.

Dr. Kent Lerner and the staff at Metropolitan Orthopedics provide New Jersey orthopedic patients with excellent orthopedic care and joint injury treatment. Dr. Lerner specializes in ACL Reconstruction, Ankle Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Foot Surgery, Hip Replacement, Joint Preservation Surgery, Knee Replacement, Rotator Cuff Surgery, and Shoulder Replacement. Metropolitan Orthopedics is conveniently located in North Arlington, New Jersey in Bergen County, NJ; minutes from Manhattan.