The Carpal Tunnel is a narrow passage located within your wrist that protects your median nerve as it travels through your wrist into your hand. The median nerve provides sensation to the palmar side of your thumb and first three fingers and controls movement of the muscles at the base of your thumb. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the tunnel becomes damaged or inflamed and compresses or pinches the median nerve.
Symptoms associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome typically begin gradually and include tingling and numbness in the hand as well as the thumb and first three fingers. This sensation usually worsens over time and may occur when you’re performing certain activities, such as gripping a paintbrush or holding a steering wheel. You may develop weakness in the pinching muscles of your thumb and begin to drop things. Carpal Tunnel may cause permanent nerve and muscle damage if left untreated.
Any condition that causes narrowing of the Carpal Tunnel can lead to compression of the median nerve. Wrist fractures or swelling and inflammation associated with arthritis may narrow the Carpal Tunnel and pinch the median nerve. Chronic conditions like diabetes may also damage the median nerve. Fluid retention, obesity, and thyroid disorders also increase your chance of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Some workplace activities, such as using a keyborad constantly, using sanders or other vibrating tools, or doing repetitive activities with your hands, may cause damage to the Carpal Tunnel and subsequent compression of the median nerve.
In the past, wrist splints, anti-inflammatory medications, and surgery were the 3 major treatment options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The first 2 are seldom effective for long-term relief. Surgery is painful, requires significant time off work, and must often be repeated, and many times it fails. The doctors at South Lake Medical Center use a multidisciplinary, nonsurgical method for treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that works quickly and has a high success rate. All injections are done with precision-guided ultrasound to secure proper placement of the injection with almost 100% accuracy to decompress the nerves, relieving pain. In addition, these state-of-the-art treatments are also used:
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