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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Understanding the Condition and Treatment Options


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that affects the hand and wrist. It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the hand, becomes compressed at the wrist. This can cause symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers.

The condition is caused by a variety of factors, including repetitive motions of the hand and wrist, such as typing or using a mouse for long periods of time. Other risk factors include obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and pregnancy.

The most common symptoms of CTS include numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers, especially in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. Pain may also be felt in the wrist and forearm. Symptoms are often worse at night and can affect the ability to perform daily tasks.

There are a variety of treatment options available for CTS, including:

  • Splinting: Wearing a splint at night can help keep the wrist in a neutral position and reduce pressure on the median nerve.

  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain medications can help reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Physical therapy: Exercises can help to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the hand and wrist.

  • Steroid injections: Injections of corticosteroids can help to reduce inflammation and pain.

  • Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to release the compressed median nerve.

In most cases, CTS can be treated non-surgically, with a combination of splinting, physical therapy, and medications. However, in some cases, surgery may be necessary to release the compressed median nerve.

Preventative measures can also be taken to reduce the risk of developing CTS, such as taking frequent breaks to stretch and rest the hands and wrists, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding repetitive motions.

If you are experiencing symptoms of CTS, it is important to seek medical attention. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals can help to diagnose and treat the condition.

At Unicare Surgery Center, we understand that every patient is unique, and we take the time to understand each patient's individual needs. We offer the most state-of-the-art care regarding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Our skilled physicians do ultra-sound guided carpal tunnel injections and the most minimally invasive forms of carpal tunnel release to ensure you get better as quickly as possible. Our goal is to ensure that every patient has a safe and positive experience, from diagnosis to treatment.

If you have any questions about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or would like to schedule a consultation, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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