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This 3D medical animation depicts carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nerve disorder of the hand caused by compression of the median nerve.
Neurologists at The Neurology Center at Mercy diagnose and treat neurological conditions such entrapment neuropathies, also called carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve compression syndrome, compression neuropathy, or “trapped nerve.”
Entrapment neuropathies are a group of disorders of the peripheral nerves or the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. Information sent to the brain and spinal cord is transmitted through the nerves that move along the upper and lower extremities across a variety of joints.
Entrapment neuropathies occur when the nerves become compressed or entrapped at certain extremities. The most common entrapment is carpal tunnel syndrome.
There are several reasons why entrapment neuropathies develop. They include:
The symptoms of entrapment neuropathies are based on the particular nerve involved. The earliest indication of the disorder may include:
For more chronic entrapment neuropathies, symptoms may include:
Nerve conduction studies are use to diagnose entrapment neuropathies.
The treatment for entrapment neuropathies is primarily based on the medical condition that is causing the symptoms. For the most common types of entrapment neuropathies, such as carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome, surgery is recommended to relieve the pressure on the impacted nerve. In other cases, medication may be offered.
Experienced neurologists of The Neurology Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, utilize advanced diagnostic tools, such as electroencephalogram (EEG) and electromyogram (EMG), for the diagnosis and management of neurological disorders and neuromuscular conditions, including peripheral neuropathy, entrapment neuropathy, epilepsy, headaches, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis.
Dr. James Bernheimer is an expert neurologist with The Neurology Center at Mercy, where he offers comprehensive consultation, evaluation and treatment for neurological disorders.