Carpal Tunnel Release for Relief from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, carpal tunnel release surgery may be right for you. 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.
What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs as the median nerve in the wrist begins to become pinched. Most people begin experiencing 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
- Fluid retention
- Other health issues, such as kidney failure, thyroid disease, and even menopause
What is a Carpal Tunnel Release and How Does It Help?
Schedule time to meet with Dr. Siegal to discuss carpal tunnel release surgery, 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.
The surgery is done by creating an incision in the palm of your hand so that Dr. Siegal can see the affected nerve. He then will release the ligament by cutting it. This causes a gap to form in the ligament. As the ligament heals, the gap will fill with tissue giving the affected nerve more room. For most people, complete healing takes roughly two or 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.