Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome often causes patients to experience tingling, numbness, and weakness in their hand or forearm, symptoms which can become very painful. This condition can make performing everyday tasks difficult and uncomfortable. Our specialists are highly trained and experienced in performing carpal tunnel treatment at our Austin or Cedar Park, TX, facilities. They can work with you to release pressure on the median nerve, which causes many of the painful symptoms associated with the condition. While we can treat most cases through more conservative treatments, we may recommend surgery for severe symptoms that interfere with your everyday life.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
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. This nerve controls the movement and sensation in the majority of your hand and fingers, however, it excludes the pinky finger. Pressure from inflammation of your median nerve can cause carpal tunnel syndrome to develop. Common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Repetitive motions
Symptoms to Recognize
The most common signs of carpal tunnel syndrome are tingling, numbness, and weakness. You may also experience pain in your hand, wrist, forearm, and even your elbow. One of the primary indicators of carpal tunnel syndrome is that pain, tingling, or numbness develop in one or more of your first three fingers or thumb, with no symptoms in the little finger.
Improving the Condition
For more mild 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 wrist brace to help alleviate pressure. If, however, your symptoms are more severe and inhibit your ability to work and perform other activities, or if your symptoms do not improve with other treatment, we may decide surgery is the best course of action.
Carpal Tunnel Surgery
The carpal tunnel surgical procedure is performed endoscopically when possible, which results in a much smaller incision and less scarring. After you are comfortably sedated, one of our highly experienced doctors will create a small incision in your wrist. If necessary, they may also create an incision in your palm. Your doctor can then insert a flexible tube with an attached camera and light, also known as an endoscope, and use specialized surgical instruments to cut the transverse carpal ligament. Doing so can relieve the pressure on the median nerve and alleviate symptoms. Your doctor will then suture your incision closed and bandage your hand.
We can provide effective treatment to alleviate pain and discomfort and improve your quality of life.
Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery
You can return home soon after your procedure is complete. While, most patients notice an immediate relief in some or all of their symptoms, it may take several weeks or more to experience full relief. Your time off from work will depend on which hand surgery was performed on and the type of activities your job requires. If you had surgery on your non-dominant hand and a job that does not require repetitive motion, you can expect to return to work within just a few days. Surgery on your dominant hand and a job that requires repetitive movements may require a couple weeks or more for recovery. Attending physical therapy and performing exercises as directed will generally speed up your healing process.
Relieve Your Discomfort
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We can provide effective treatment to alleviate pain and discomfort and improve your quality of life.