If you find yourself having continuous numbness and tingling in your arms and hands, in addition to weakness and pain, there’s a good chance you have a moderate — or even severe — case of carpal tunnel syndrome.
The good news is that this is a fairly common condition, so you are not alone. The better news is that through a carpal tunnel procedure or hand surgery by a hand surgeon, you can find relief from this aggravating condition.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The condition occurs when a nerve in the wrist, known as the median nerve, becomes pinched. The nerve is compressed sending those annoying signals of tingling, weakness, numbness and pain. The classic mark of carpal tunnel is that the symptoms reside in the thumb and the two fingers next to the thumb, in addition to half of the ring finger.
What is the Progression of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms?
For some, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome remain mild and infrequent, and they are able to live daily without too much discomfort until the symptoms go away on their own. For others though, the pain and weakness can impact their quality of life, leaving them to seek treatment from a hand specialist or hand doctor.
During the initial onset of carpal tunnel, patients find they may only have symptoms at night in bed or first thing when they wake up in the morning. Some patients report not being able to tell hot water from cold water. Over time, the patient may find they have difficulty grabbing objects.
While early on in the condition, the process can be reversed. However, over time, the nerves may be damaged permanently. That’s why hand doctors should be consulted early on.
What are the Initial Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Symptoms?
If possible, the first recommendation is to refrain or minimize the activity that caused the symptoms in the first place. The use of anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, and wearing a splint (particularly at night) are the initial lines of defense advised by a hand specialist.
However, if symptoms are severe and are not eliminated by these non-surgical methods, endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery by a hand surgery doctor may be advised. This surgery is done through a small wrist incision on an outpatient basis. It is minimally invasive surgery.
If you are experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, there’s no need to suffer. Contact a hand specialist today for treatment and relief.