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Carpal tunnel syndrome can interfere with your life and your livelihood. This condition results from compression of the median nerve that runs from your forearm and into your wrist through the carpal tunnel. Pain, tingling, and numbness can occur. Eventually, everyday activities, like typing and grasping things, can be become painful, making work difficult. A range of pain management techniques, including orthopaedic surgery, can help resolve carpal tunnel syndrome. Here are the facts about this increasingly common syndrome:
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Several different factors play into the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. People who must do repetitive motions as part of their jobs – for instance, assembly line workers – have an increased risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Some people are pre-disposed to carpal tunnel syndrome, thanks to a smaller-than-usual carpal tunnel. Being pregnant or having thyroid disease, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis can also increase susceptibility to this condition.
What Are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Most people with carpal tunnel syndrome experience pain and numbness in their index, middle, and ring fingers, as well as their thumbs. Pain in the wrist may also be present. As the condition progresses, trouble grasping items and performing manual tasks is common.
How Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?
In its early stages, rest and physical therapy may be effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome. Over-the-counter pain medications and oral steroids can help with pain management. If more conservative treatments don’t work, an orthopaedic surgeon can perform a carpal tunnel release surgery. The procedure can be performed as an open or endoscopic surgery. Your orthopaedic surgeon will release the pressure on your median nerve by cutting the traverse carpal ligament. After surgery, swelling is common for several weeks, but the symptoms are completely relieved.
Don’t let carpal tunnel syndrome interfere with your ability to work and do the things you love. Call Suburban Orthopaedics and let one of our surgeons or physical therapists help.