Conditions of the Peripheral Nervous System

Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers. As symptoms worsen, people might feel tingling during the day and have decreased grip strength. There are both surgical and non-surgical treatments for carpal tunnel.


Foot Drop

Foot drop describes the inability to raise the front part of the foot due to weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the foot. It is a symptom of an underlying problem and can be temporary or permanent. Causes include neurodegenerative disorders of the brain that cause muscular problems, such as multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disorders such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or injury to nerve roots. Treatment options depend on the cause, but can include braces, exercise therapy or surgery.


Ulnar Neuropathy

Ulnar Neuropathy occurs when the ulnar nerve which runs down the length of the arm becomes trapped, most commonly from the elbow to the wrist. Symptoms resulting from the trapped nerve include weakness, numbness, muscle wasting, pain and a pins and needles sensation in portions of the lower arm controlled by the ulnar nerve (especially the little and ring fingers). Treatments include physical therapy and surgery to free the trapped nerve.


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