An extremely common condition, carpal tunnel syndrome affects the hands, fingers, and wrists. Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect a wide range of people, from office workers to athletes. The condition often wakes people up at night with pain and can lead to difficulty performing a number of tasks. If you’re experiencing numbness and tingling or hand and wrist pain and believe it may be carpal tunnel syndrome, our board certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Tyson Cobb, will examine you during your initial consultation to determine if you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. In the meantime, please use this guide to learn more about the symptoms:
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that results from a pinched nerve in the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a passageway that surrounds and protects this nerve (called the median nerve) as well as nine tendons that help bend your fingers. The nerve can become compressed as it passes through this tight passage. Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause many symptoms, including pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness in the fingers and hand. If you have a tendency to drop objects due to a lack of strength in the hand, this may be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome.
There are many non-surgical treatment options available that may alleviate your symptoms. Exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome can prevent symptoms from developing or getting worse. Resting the hands or taking a break from performing certain movements can also help. Many patients with carpal tunnel syndrome find nighttime splints helpful in minimizing their symptoms. In the event minimally invasive techniques prove ineffective, and pain or debilitation persists, Dr. Cobb is extensively trained in minimally invasive endoscopic surgical techniques. This advanced approach can eliminate the need for sutures and shorten recovery time compared to traditional open procedures.
We emphasize non-surgical techniques first and foremost. However, if no other methods provide relief, Dr. Cobb will help optimize your results and limit your downtime as much as possible.
For more information about carpal tunnel syndrome and available treatment options, please contact our office today. We can answer your questions or help you schedule a consultation with Dr. Cobb.