Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Tingling, numbness, or pain in the fingers and hand can be an indication of carpal tunnel syndrome.
When left untreated, this condition can result in permanent dysfunction of the hand and fingers.
Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin serving Austin, TX, and beyond can diagnose your condition and provide you with treatment.
Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve. Your median nerve and nearby tendons extend from your forearm to the hand through a small tube-like space in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel. Because the median nerve controls the movement and sensation in the majority of your hand and fingers through your ring finger, you may experience several uncomfortable symptoms if you have carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Tingling, numbness, and weakness in the hand or forearm
- Pain or discomfort in the hand, wrist, forearm, or elbow
- Difficulty performing everyday tasks
- A shock-like sensation radiating from the center of the hand to the fingertips
Patients often note that their symptoms develop in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and ring finger, but not in the little finger.
Time Is of the Essence Prompt Treatment Can Prevent Irreversible Damage
We recommend seeking treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome quickly, as the condition can result in permanent nerve damage and muscle atrophy. This can make everyday tasks like holding a phone, opening a door, or gripping a steering wheel more difficult. Our orthopedic surgeons can help you explore treatment options to stop the progression of carpal tunnel syndrome and maintain your quality of life.
Relieve Your Discomfort and Preserve Function With Our Team of Specialists in Austin, TX
Tingling, numbness, and weakness in the hand or fingers can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks. You may find yourself dropping things more often and waking up in the middle of the night due to the uncomfortable symptoms. You don't have to live life with discomfort and reduced function. Our specialists are here to help you explore treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome.
To get started, contact our offices serving Austin, TX, today:
"I've been seen by two doctors at Orthopedic Specialists of Austin. All the times I've been there, I found the staff to be efficient and professional. The first doctor I saw was Dr. Vagner. He sent me for EMG testing which revealed that I had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Rather than dive right into suggesting surgery, he was very patient and explained all my options to me. On his suggestion, I started sleeping with a wrist brace on. I saw him in April and my issue has resolved with the brace and no surgery."
Treating Your Carpal Tunnel
For milder cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, we typically recommend icing your wrist and taking anti-inflammatory medication to improve symptoms. We may also recommend wearing a splint to help alleviate pressure in the carpal tunnel.
Reducing your force, relaxing your grip, and losing weight may help alleviate the pressure on your median nerve. We recommend being mindful of your form and posture and taking frequent breaks to rest your hands and fingers.
If at-home treatment and lifestyle changes aren't enough to minimize your symptoms, corticosteroid injections can be administered in the carpal tunnel to alleviate the pressure on the median nerve. These injections can reduce the inflammation that's causing the tendons to swell and pinch the nerve. This treatment is temporary and may have to be repeated every few months.
While we can treat most cases of carpal tunnel syndrome through conservative treatments, we may recommend surgery for severe symptoms that interfere with your everyday life. Our specialists can perform surgery to sever the ligament that's putting pressure on the median nerve.
What Happens During Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Since its founding in 2004, Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin has always put the health and needs of its patients first.
Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery
Take Time Off From Work
Your time off from work will depend on which hand underwent surgery and the activities your job requires. If you had surgery on your non-dominant hand and have a job that does not require repetitive motion, you can likely return to work within a few days. Surgery on your dominant hand and a job that requires repetitive movements may require a couple of weeks or more for recovery.
Wear a Splint or Bandage
After your surgery, you're encouraged to wear a bandage or splint for 1-2 weeks. Your doctor will let you know when you can remove your splint and start a physical therapy regimen.
Perform Physical Therapy Exercises
While you are encouraged to rest for a few days to a few weeks after your surgery, our doctors may recommend physical therapy exercises to speed up the healing process and allow for the healthy recovery of your muscles and nerves.
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My appointments are always on time. I highly respect Dr. Moghimi. I didn't have to wait to long for the office to give me a surgery date. I was given the day on my consultation day... Overall my opinion of Orthopedic Specialist of Austin is that it's the best place to go. The staff are professional and get you in and out quickly. If I had to have surgery again I would definitely return here.View on Google
Even though the office is pretty darn busy, Dr. Ebert and his team are very attentive. His PA, Lauren, is top notch and extremely knowledgeable about orthopedics. Holly, his MA, is great (she took out my sutures painlessly). And Dr. Ebert is an expert in the field. He was not pushy at all with surgery and explained the options I had prior to getting the surgery.View on Google