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.
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.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can be triggered by a range of factors, including:
Carpal tunnel also may be caused by bone changes due to arthritis or an overactive pituitary gland.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel?
If you begin to experience any of the following symptoms, this may be a sign that you may be experiencing carpal tunnel:
· Feeling like your fingers are swollen even though they don’t look swollen
· Pain or tingling in your forearm and shoulder
· Shock like feelings in your thumb and fingers
You may experience these symptoms in your thumb or any other fingers except your pinkie. The tingling sensation may even move up through your forearm. In the early stages, you may only feel burning or tingling at night when you are trying to sleep, and you may wake up feeling as though your hands are asleep.
As the condition worsens, you may start to feel burning and numbness in your fingers and/or wrist and forearm more frequently during the day as well. Symptoms usually get worse when you are doing something that causes your wrist to be bent for an extended period like holding your phone, reading a magazine or book, or driving your car.
Overtime as your condition worsens, you may have trouble making a fist or holding things in your hands. It is important to contact your doctor as soon as you feel these symptoms. If we catch it early enough, we may be able to treat it with nonsurgical options such as wearing a wrist brace.
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:
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.
San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc., San Diego, CA
Phone (appointments): 619-229-3932
Phone (general inquiries): 619-229-3932
Address: 6719 Alvarado Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92120
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