Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nerve compression syndrome where the median nerve that supplies the sensation to most of the fingers and to the muscles that control the thumb gets pressed on in the wrist. And this nerve has to go through an area called the carpal canal or the carpal tunnel with nine tendons that flex all of our fingers, and there’s a little ligament that goes right over that like a bridge over this canal.
Sometimes it just gets too, too, there’s too much in the canal and the nerve gets pressed on and loses its blood supply, and people start getting numbness and tingling in their fingers. They can wake up at night with symptoms of pain and, or numbness in their hands, and eventually this can go on to result in people losing their dexterity in their fingers as well.
About Dr. Rohde, M.D.:
Dr. Rachel S. Rohde, M.D., is an Orthopaedic Upper Extremity Surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Rohde received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completed her residency at the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center and performed her fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery-Weill Cornell Medical College.