Relief From Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Our orthopedic hand specialists have used their knowledge and skill to help patients emerge from carpal tunnel treatment ready to return to everyday tasks without pain.
How Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Happen?
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes pressed and squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls the sensation to the palm side of the thumb, and some impulses that allow the thumb and fingers to move. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand that houses the median nerve and tendons.
Despite popular belief, there is no evidence that repetitive motion –such as typing—causes carpal tunnel syndrome. In fact, it may be associated with medical issues such as thyroid disease or diabetes. Fractures and ligament injuries, as well as genetics, can play a major role in developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Weakness in the hand and/or wrist
- Tingling hands
- Numbness in the hand and/or wrist
- Difficulty grabbing small objects
- Sensation that the hand is “falling asleep”
- Difficulty performing manual tasks
- “Pins and needles” sensation
Non-Surgical Carpal Tunnel Treatment
EmergeOrtho is dedicated to finding nonsurgical solutions to your problem before surgery is considered. However, many patients do benefit from carpal tunnel surgery. Sometimes, the condition resolves on its own and while night splints and steroid injections can often relieve symptoms, this relief is usually temporary.
How Does Carpal Tunnel Surgery Work?
Carpal tunnel release is one of our most commonly performed procedures. During carpal tunnel surgery, the transverse carpal ligament is cut. This releases the pressure on the median nerve, which relieves the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. An incision is made at the base of the palm of the hand. This allows for the surgeon to view the transverse carpal ligament. The carpal ligament is then cut to relieve the pressure on the median nerve.
Recovering from Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Many patients feel relief immediately after surgery, however, full recovery may take months. Your physician will discuss physical therapy treatments with you post-surgery. In the physical therapy clinic, a patient will learn different exercises, which will help the wrist regain strength. Often, patients can use their hands during light activities after surgery. Most patients recover completely, and the recurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome post-surgery is rare.
At EmergeOrtho, we are the regional experts for providing carpal tunnel relief. Our knowledgeable physicians can help you return to your day-to-day activities without pain.