Ohio Neurologic Institute

Specializing in Neurologic and Sleep Disorders

Carpal Tunnel


Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the median nerve to the hand being “pinched “ in the wrist.  The median nerve is squeezed in a “tunnel” composed of the bones of the wrist (called the carpal bones).  Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by repetitive trauma to the wrists from gardening, jack-hammers, crocheting, typing, etc. Most of the time it can be treated conservatively with wrist splints and vitamins.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed by doing a test called EMG and nerve conduction testing.  Neurologists, particularly neurologists with expertise in neuromuscular disorders, are specially trained to do and interpret these tests.

There are many potential causes of numbness in the hands from strokes to brain tumors to carpal tunnel syndrome.  Neurologists are uniquely trained to diagnose these problems.  If you  or someone in your family has numbness in the hands or arms check with your physician or, call the Ohio Neurologic Institute for an evaluation.


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