Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Diagnosis & Treatment

Dr. Pamela Mehta, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, San Jose

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common hand conditions that many will experience in their lifetime. Nerve compression leads to pain and numbness in your hand, and without early medical intervention you may end up requiring carpal tunnel surgery.

The cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve as it passes through your wrist joint. At first, you may notice a minor tingling in your fingers, but as time goes on the compression gradually worsens. Classic symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Numbness or tingling in your thumb and first two fingers
  • Sudden jolts felt in the thumb, index and middle fingers
  • Weakness in your hand that might lead to you feeling clumsy and dropping objects

Carpal tunnel syndrome can become debilitating over time as it can restrict you from performing simple tasks like writing, cooking, or typing due to pain and/or weakness. Sometimes you will require surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome pain

Book a Consultation with Dr. Pamela Mehta, MD

The Best Orthopedic Surgeon in San Jose

Dr. Mehta is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who can help you recover from your joint condition.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Tests

The diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome requires expert evaluation by a specialist. There are several other conditions which mimic carpal tunnel syndrome and it’s important that you get the correct diagnostic tests. Appropriate tests can include:

  • A thorough physical exam to test the nerves in the hand and the motion at the wrist
  • An X-ray to help rule out other conditions
  • Electrophysiological tests including nerve conduction studies and electromyogram

Two conditions which have similar symptoms are rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by your immune system) and cervical radiculopathy (nerve compression arising from your neck). Dr. Pamela Mehta will help you to determine the correct diagnosis.

Carpal tunnel syndrome nerve pain

Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

After getting a diagnosis from a specialist, there are several ways you can improve your symptoms. At Resilience Orthopedics we will help you explore all your non-surgical options. These can include:

  • Carpal tunnel exercises, under supervision of an orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist
  • Carpal tunnel brace or splint, to help reduce the pressure on your median nerve
  • Cortisone injections to reduce inflammation

If your symptoms are severe or not improving, you may require surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. This is called carpal tunnel release and reduces the pressure on your median nerve at the wrist.


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“Over the past year, I came to see Dr. Mehta, who is one of the best doctors in the bay area. Not only generous with her time but listens and is incredibly helpful. She is friendly and eager to please all her patients. She continues to be available and explains all her recommendations in detail. I did extremely well under her care. I really appreciate a doctor, who insists on getting all the information before making the final solution to surgery.Dr. Mehta has so much confidence that she made me feel immediately comfortable from my consultation. She answers all my questions and never rushed me out of the office for the next patient.Thank you so much for your commitment in helping others feel a hundred percent better.”
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“Dr. Mehta treated our son for a broken knee a year ago. Upon meeting her, we knew that we were in good hands. She exudes confidence, intelligence, as well as compassion. This was a complicated surgery, but we were confident and comfortable every step of the way. We felt that she gave our son the best care, answered every question, let us get in touch with her after hours with questions, and most importantly led him to a full recovery. Dr. Mehta is intelligent and kind, and a true gem.”

What Hand & Wrist Services Do We Offer?

Hand & Wrist Pain Assessment

We use our hands every day of our lives for some of the most important of life's activities. Hand and wrist pain can be debilitating, meaning you struggle to drive, write, and play sports.

Hand & Wrist Surgery

If your hand condition is severe, or nothing you have tried has helped, Dr. Mehta can advise you on the options for surgery. She is a hand surgeon and can offer expert opinion and care.

Treatment of Hand & Wrist Conditions


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes pain and numbness in your hand, and sometimes requires surgery.

De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

De Quervain's Tenosynovitis causes swelling and pain at the base of your thumb.

And Many More!

Dr. Mehta offers diagnosis and treatment of all hand & wrist conditions and can offer her specialist opinion as an expert hand doctor.