Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Does hand pain keep you up at night? Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with tingling or numbness in your hand? If so, then you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS occurs when the tendon sheaths surrounding the carpal tunnel, a narrow space inside the wrist containing tendons and a major nerve, compress the carpal tunnel.
Though symptoms often start at night, they eventually begin to appear during the day, becoming more severe over time. Here’s what you can do to limit the strain and minimize the pain:
- Maintain a neutral wrist position
- Limit the amount of repetitive motions you make
- Use your whole hand – not just a few fingers – to grip
- Practice hand-strengthening exercises
- Take plenty of breaks
- Slow down your activity
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
In some cases, the symptoms of CTS are too intense to be eliminated non-surgically. When carpal tunnel release surgery is required, you may wish to speak to an orthopaedic surgeon at Mountain Vista Medical Center about the various options available to you. Though there are various types of carpal tunnel release surgeries, they all share one common goal: to relieve pressure on the median nerve.
Most of the time, carpal tunnel release surgery is performed endoscopically. Using this method, the surgeon will make one or two small incisions in the hand, through which a very small camera and the operating tools may be inserted. While viewing the carpal ligament on a monitor, the surgeon is able to cut the transverse carpal ligament, relieving pressure, and restoring proper nerve sensation to your hand.
For more information about carpal tunnel release surgery at Mountain Vista Medical Center, call the Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Center at 480-358-6547.