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Carpal Tunnel Release for Relief from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel release surgery is a procedure that we offer at Key Clinics for people suffering from the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. When visiting our clinic, Dr. Joel D. Siegal will perform a physical examination of the hand involved, order the appropriate diagnostic tests, and then determine if this surgery is the best choice for you.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This condition affects the wrist and hand.  Most people first experience a tingling or numbness in the thumb, index, middle and/or ring finger. Initially, the symptoms may come and go, but as the condition worsens, the symptoms can become more continuous and intensify with sharp or shooting jolts.

In addition to tingling, numbness and electric jolts, carpal tunnel syndrome leads to hand weakness, sometimes to the point that holding a cup of coffee or a spoon becomes difficult.  People can have trouble writing, eating, driving or even buttoning shirts or blouses.

Very commonly people awaken in the morning or are awakened at night with horrible numbness and tingling in the affected hand(s) causing the patient to shake their hands back and forth to obtain any relief.

Causes and Risk Factors of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Because carpal tunnel syndrome affects the median nerve that runs down the forearm through the carpal tunnel of the wrist, anything that irritates or puts pressure on that nerve could lead to this condition. For example, a fractured wrist, inflammation, and swelling from rheumatoid arthritis, and repetitive motion are all common causes.

There are also multiple risk factors for developing carpal tunnel syndrome, including:

  • Women typically have higher reported cases of carpal tunnel syndrome compared to men
  • Conditions that cause nerve damage, such as diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Fluid retention
  • Other health issues, such as kidney failure, thyroid disease, and even menopause
  • Pregnancy

What Is a Carpal Tunnel Release, and How Does It Help?

If you have tried more conventional methods for getting relief from the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome such as avoiding repetitive motion, wearing wrist splints and taking anti-inflammatory medication to no avail, schedule time to meet with Dr. Siegal to discuss carpal tunnel release surgery.

Dr. Siegal makes a small incision in the palm of your affected hand, over the area of the carpal tunnel. He then releases the ligament to open the tunnel and free the nerve.  This procedure provides incredible relief. As you go through the healing process, the ligament grows back together, but now the nerve has more room. For most people, complete healing takes roughly two to three months.

Get Relief from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

With Dr. Siegal performing the carpal tunnel release surgery, you have nothing to fear.  Instead of living with pain, tingling, and numbness, contact us at Key Clinics for a firm diagnosis and treatment today.