Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it passes from the hand to the wrist through the carpal tunnel, a narrow and rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand.
Patients in the Boston area diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome can find comprehensive treatment options, including access to a Boston hand surgeon, at the Hand and Upper Extremity Service at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Surgical treatment can also be provided by BWH plastic surgeons in the Department of Plastic Surgery.
Carpal tunnel syndrome may be caused by a wide variety of factors, including frequent and repetitive movements, joint or bone disease, hormonal or metabolic changes, and other conditions or injuries to the wrist.
Because the median nerve provides sensory and motor functions to the thumb and three middle fingers, patients with carpal tunnel syndrome may experience pain, weakness, numbness, burning and tingling sensations, and other symptoms.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is typically diagnosed using electrodiagnostic tests that involve stimulation of muscles and nerves in the hand.
Physicians in the Hand and Upper Extremity Service, part of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at BWH, provide a variety of treatment options for patients experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, including:
Patients requiring surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome may also consult a surgeon in the Division of Plastic Surgery about options for reconstructive hand surgery. A number of plastic surgeons at BWH have specializations in hand-related reconstructive procedures, and for patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, they can help to improve functionality and flexibility, as well as appearance.
In addition to treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome and other diseases and injuries to the hand and upper extremity, the Department Orthopaedic Surgery at BWH provides diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic diseases and injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Patients may find a world-class Boston knee surgeon, consult with a surgeon about hip replacement surgery, or see a sports medicine physician about sports related injuries and conditions.
Learn more now about the comprehensive medical services available at available at BWH. In addition to orthopaedics, Brigham and Women's Hospital offers services in cardiology, cancer treatment, women's health, weight loss surgery including lap band surgery and much more. Use our physician directory to find a specialist in any of these areas, at locations across the Boston area.
Find an expert Orthopaedic Surgeon for innovative treatment and compassionate care.
Learn how quality and patient safety are at the core of Brigham and Women's mission and vision.
For over a century, a leader in patient care, medical education and research, with expertise in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery.