If you do work that requires extensive and repetitive use of your hands and wrists, you’re unfortunately at a higher risk for carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that’s not only painful but aggravating.
In addition to pain, you may experience persistent numbness and tingling in your hands and wrists.
You’re most at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome if your occupation requires near-constant hand movement, like carpenters, hair stylists, and computer keyboard work.
Highly skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeon Dr. Edward Dupay, Jr. is board-certified and specially trained in hand surgery. He and the entire team at Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida are focused on your healing and eager to provide you with the most advanced and personalized care.
Your median nerve starts at your forearm and continues to your wrist through your carpal tunnel, which is tubular. The median nerve’s purpose is to join your hand to your forearm, and it governs your ability to feel sensation in your thumb and most of your fingers.
Constant pressure is the culprit when it comes to developing carpal tunnel syndrome. This pressure can happen for reasons you’ve probably heard of, but also one or two that may surprise you:
The varied nature of these causes goes to prove that even if you think your body’s various parts and movements are isolated, they may be related. Your risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome is higher if you’re affected by other conditions, like diabetes and even pregnancy.
Some individuals are even predisposed to carpal tunnel syndrome because, through heredity, they end up with carpal tunnels that are smaller than most people’s.
Though Dr. Dupay and his team will approach your carpal tunnel syndrome conservatively at first, with over-the-counter pain medications like Ibuprofen or steroid shots, these treatments typically relieve the pain for a limited time. Often, you may need surgery.
Fortunately, carpal tunnel surgery is minimally invasive and performed endoscopically, which means that Dr. Dupay makes just a slight incision in your palm or wrist. Through that incision, he cuts the transverse carpal ligament using the guidance of a minute lens.
This simple act of snipping the ligament takes the pressure off that nerve and relieves your pain.
The procedure is simple, quick, and only requires that you receive local anesthesia, rather than being entirely “put under.”
You’re limited in what you can do with your hands for several months post-surgery, but it’s worth it because the procedure offers a “forever” solution.
The longer you’ve been dealing with the pain, numbness, and pins and needles feeling brought on by carpal tunnel syndrome, the likelier you are to want relief. If the condition stays unaddressed, your work life, ability to play sports, and daily routines will continue to be disrupted.
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation about your carpal tunnel syndrome. You can either call or book online. Once your median nerve “loosens up,” you’ll find life a lot more comfortable!