Do you have a "pins and needles" sensation that occurs frequently in all fingers but your pinky? Do your wrists often feel stiff and achy? You may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This condition can keep you from functioning at your peek, and it can distract you from the tasks at h and. Because
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can worsen over time, it is vital to find solutions that relieve pressure on affected nerves. Here, we will cover the steps that may be recommended to restore comfort and mobility.
- Conservative approaches are considered first, depending on the severity of symptoms. We assess this with a thorough examination of the wrist and hand in order to rule out other causes for pain. Just because your wrist aches, or your thumb and fingers tingle, does not guarantee it is due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, we may suggest rest as a first-line remedy for discomfort and stiffness. Activities like typing tend to aggravate this condition, and should be avoided as much as possible.
- Swelling and inflammation may be reduced with over-the-counter medication or with arthritis medication. The use of medication should occur under a doctor's supervision and only after a formal examination for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Limiting the movements of the wrist may be beneficial for a short time. This can be accomplished with a Carpal Tunnel Splint, which can be worn during activities that tend to exacerbate the problem, such as typing or driving.
- Steroid injections may be performed to treat chronic inflammation. Sometimes, this is sufficient to achieve lasting relief.
- Surgery may be considered if other measures fail to produce the desired pain-relief. Surgical treatment revolves around removing pressure from the affected nerve.
Patients of our New Jersey orthopedic practice benefit from our extensive training and use of the latest techniques. We perform endoscopic carpal tunnel release, which requires only a small incision near the crease of the inside of the wrist. No other incisions are necessary, as an endoscope reaches all necessary structures. The benefit of this technique is a shortened recovery period with minimal discomfort.
Don't let Carpal Tunnel Syndrome keep you from an optimal quality of life. Call (973) 942-1315 to learn more about your treatment options.