Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Arash Dini, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Arash Dini, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine located in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA & Encino, CA

If you frequently experience numbness, tingling, or a loss of strength in your fingers, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. Arash A. Dini, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who offers customized treatment to resolve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome at his self-named practice in Encino and the Mid-Wilshire areas of Los Angeles. If you think you have carpal tunnel syndrome, call or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Q & A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Your carpal tunnel is a narrow passage in your wrist that protects your median nerve as it travels from your arm to your hand. The median nerve controls some of the sensation and movement in your thumb, index, and middle finger. It also controls half of your ring finger. When there is inflammation in the carpal tunnel, it compresses the median nerve, causing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome usually develops slowly, beginning with a dull ache in your wrist or forearm. As the condition progresses, you start to notice tingling and numbness in your fingers or pain that radiates through your entire arm. You may experience weakness and not be able to grasp small objects.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

In most cases, carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by inflammation in the tissue of your carpal tunnel. Some of the factors that contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Inheriting a narrow carpal tunnel or other anatomic issue
  • Hand and wrist positions that can increase pressure on the median nerve
  • Repetitive motions that can aggravate wrist tendons and lead to inflammation
  • Health conditions such as diabetes, thyroid gland imbalances, and rheumatoid arthritis

However, in many cases, the exact cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is unknown. Dr. Dini provides extensive exams to understand your symptoms and potential causes of inflammation.

How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?

If you’re dealing with carpal tunnel symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Dini. He talks to you in detail about your medical history and provides a thorough exam.

He also uses diagnostic tests like electromyography to measure the electrical activity in your nerves and muscles. Dr. Dini may also use an ultrasound or X-ray to examine the bones and soft tissue in your hand, wrist, and arm.

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

Dr. Dini usually uses conservative treatment methods like rest, cold compresses, splints, and anti-inflammatory medication to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. If these noninvasive approaches aren’t effective, he may suggest corticosteroid injections or physical therapy.

If your carpal tunnel syndrome is severe and disrupting your life, Dr. Dini may recommend surgical treatment to relieve pressure on the median nerve.

You don’t need to put up with pain or numbness in your hands, wrists, or arms. Call or schedule an appointment online today for expert care from Dr. Dini.