Carpal Tunnel Specialist

San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc.

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialist located in San Diego, CA

If you’re experiencing pain, tingling, or numbness in your hand and arm, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The team at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. provides diagnostic services and treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome at their office in San Diego, including minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. If you’re ready for relief from the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.

Carpal Tunnel Q & A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

A common condition, carpal tunnel syndrome is brought on by compression to the median nerve in your forearm and hand. Carpal tunnel can be painful and cause tingling and numbness in your hand and arm.

Carpal tunnel syndrome gets worse over time. However, early diagnosis and treatment at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. can help you regain full use of your wrist and hand.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be triggered by a range of factors, including:

  • Fluid retention or swelling
  • Tendon irritation
  • Nerve changes
  • Inflammation due to different forms of arthritis, like osteoarthritis
  • Cysts or tumors

Carpal tunnel also may be caused by bone changes due to arthritis or an overactive pituitary gland.

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

Your doctor at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. performs a treatment called carpal tunnel release, either as an open surgical or endoscopic procedure. Before your procedure, your doctor discusses whether one treatment may be better for you than another, and also goes over the type of anesthesia that will be used.

To begin, your doctor places a tourniquet on your arm to temporarily stop blood flow to your hand. During the open surgery procedure, your doctor makes an incision in your palm. Your doctor cuts the carpal ligament and nearby tissue to relieve pressure on the median nerve and then the incision site is closed and bandaged.

The endoscopic procedure is similar but requires one or two small incisions in your wrist and palm. Next, your doctor guides a thin device with a camera attached into the incision. A special surgical knife inserted in the tube cuts the carpal ligament and surrounding tissue to relieve pressure.

After your procedure, you may wear a splint to limit the motion of your wrist while you heal. You may experience:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness

These symptoms may linger for several weeks. You’ll want to keep your hand elevated for a few weeks after surgery to reduce swelling. Your doctor removes your sutures around 10-14 days. They may recommend hand and finger exercises, or hand therapy to promote your recovery.   

If you’re experiencing pain and tingling in your hand and arm, call San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. or book a consultation online today for effective diagnosis and care for carpal tunnel syndrome.

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