How often have you tried to ignore a problem or put off treatment for as long as possible? Does it happen more often when it involves a trip to the doctor?
Unfortunately, this common mistake rarely works out for the best, especially when it involves your health. In fact, delaying medical care often leads to even bigger problems, including worsening pain and a condition that doesn’t respond to conservative treatments — like carpal tunnel.
At Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida, Dr. Edward R. Dupay, Jr. offers the most advanced treatments available for hand conditions like carpal tunnel. He suggests taking these steps if you want to avoid hand surgery in the future.
When you have carpal tunnel, the median nerve running down your arm and into your hand becomes compressed as it passes through your wrist. This narrow opening, known as the carpal tunnel, leads to the issue, causing the nerve to become constrained.
As pressure increases on the median nerve, it causes several uncomfortable symptoms. In most cases, they occur in the arm, wrist, thumb, and fingers — but rarely in the pinky.
Common signs of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Unfortunately, ignoring this problem can cause permanent and irreversible muscle and nerve damage. So, the sooner you seek treatment, the more likely you can avoid long-term problems.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, you have to make changes immediately to reduce pressure on the median nerve and inflammation in the area.
First, get a medical diagnosis to confirm your symptoms are actually due to carpal tunnel syndrome. An accurate diagnosis is crucial because other conditions can share similar symptoms, like a pinched nerve in the neck, arthritis, or neuropathy.
After reaching a diagnosis, Dr. Dupay could recommend a variety of nonsurgical therapies, such as:
If you have severe symptoms or you don’t respond to conservative treatment, Dr. Dupay could recommend hand surgery.
Just like people waiting too long to see a doctor, many often wait too long to have carpal tunnel surgery. Unfortunately, living with nerve compression for an extended period can lead to permanent damage, which is a shame, since carpal tunnel surgery can relieve the problem in about 10 minutes.
During carpal tunnel surgery, Dr. Dupay cuts the ligaments that form the carpal tunnel to create more room for your median nerve to pass. He uses the most advanced minimally invasive endoscopic techniques available to perform the procedure, so you can get solutions for your symptoms with a smaller incision, less pain, and faster recovery times.
You should expect to have some tenderness or weakness for a few weeks or months after your surgery. But these should fade as the ligament tissue heals inside your wrist. However, if you had severe carpal tunnel symptoms for an extended period, they may not go away after your procedure because of permanent nerve damage.
Do you have carpal tunnel symptoms? Don’t risk long-term nerve damage. Contact our Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida office in Fort Myers, Florida, to schedule a consultation by calling 239-768-2272 today.