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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Specialist

Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC

Pain Management Physicians located in Bellevue, WA

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is pain or discomfort due to compression of the median nerve.

The median nerve travels through a narrow passageway through ligaments. It runs from the arm through the wrist to the hand.  As this nerve is compressed, the nerve causes sensations of numbness, tingling, pain, weakness to the hand, arm and wrist. Early diagnosis and treatment is vital to preventing conditions from worsening.

Our team at  Bellevue Pain and Wellness, located in Bellevue, Washington serving Seattle, WA, Robert Bowers, MD, a double board-certified and fellowship-trained anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician, diagnoses carpal tunnel syndrome and offers a variety of customizable treatment options. Don’t let carpal tunnel syndrome interfere with your quality of life. Call Bellevue Pain and Wellness to schedule a consultation today.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Q & A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome ( CTS) is when the median nerve, the nerve that runs from the forearm to the hand, gets compressed or damaged. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway through the wrist consisting of rigid ligaments and bones. The median nerve innervates the muscles of the forearm and hand and communicates motor and sensation signals. 

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Impingement, pressure or irritation  of the median nerve causes carpal tunnel syndrome.

This can be due to various causes including:

  • Repetitive use of fingers or the wrist
  • Trauma or injury to your wrist
  • Genetics resulting in a naturally small carpal tunnel
  • Pregnancy resulting in swelling to the carpal tunnel
  • Weight gain resulting in fat deposits near the carpal tunnel
  • Diabetes 
  • Thyroid issues

Some contributing factors include gender or obesity.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are gradual and progress if left untreated. Some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness to hand or forearm
  • Pain or tenderness  to hand or wrist

What are the treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Treatments depend on patient history and the reason for carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome include 

  • Medication, 
  • Wearing a splint 
  • Applying ice
  • Physical therapy to stretch the wrist
  • Steroid injections 
  • and if necessary surgery

For more information about carpal tunnel syndrome, call the Bellevue Pain and Wellness or request an appointment. We are happy to serve Bellevue, Seattle, Tacoma and the surrounding PNW area.