One common cause for hand pain, numbness and tingling is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. There is a small nerve that runs through the tunnel in the wrist- called the Carpal Tunnel. This groove is about the size of the small finger. The nerve runs in this groove from the wrist to the palm of the hand.

 The most common symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are hand pain, finger pain, hand numbness and tingling. Many times the numbness and tingling are worse at night or while doing activities involving the hand such as typing, sewing or driving. Many people report hand numbness troublesome at night, and have to shake the hand to “wake it up”.

 The test of choice for diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a nerve conduction test- called EMG.

 There are several treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that range from hand splints,  medications or surgery to release the nerve. The providers at the Neurosurgery Center of Colorado have experience in the diagnosis and treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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