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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Types of Pain and Problems

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is characterized by pain, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness in the thumb, index finger, and middle finger. Some patients experience a sensation of “pins and needles” in the affected hand. This syndrome occurs when the median nerve, a major nerve that runs the length of your forearm, is trapped by its surroundings. To determine if you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, your health care provider will conduct a thorough examination to try and re-create the sensation you experience by tapping on the nerve. Other tests, such as EMG (electromyography)/NCS (Nerve Conduction Study) may be performed. The initial treatment for this syndrome is the use of wrist splints at night to prevent the trapping of the median nerve. Other treatment options include physical therapy and injections. If these treatments do not work, surgical decompression of the median nerve may be considered.