Discover freedom from Carpal Tunnel, a wrist condition affecting those who work with their hands. Our hand specialists diagnose and create customized treatment plans to alleviate tingling, numbness, and weakness in fingers. Non-surgical options include immobilization, anti-inflammatory drugs, and injections.
Carpal tunnel is a wrist condition. Carpal tunnel occurs when the transverse carpal ligament compresses the median nerve. The median nerve is important because its innervate muscles in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. People who work with their hands (i.e. typing, counting money) are most at risk.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel are tingling, numbness and weakness in the thumb and/or fingers. Our hand specialists obtain a medical review, examine the hand, and order and analyze a nerve conduction study to diagnose carpal tunnel. A customized treatment plan is created. Symptoms quickly improve. Patients no longer need to worry about carpal tunnel affecting their day-to-day lives.
The goal of treatment is to take pressure off the nerve and calm inflammation. Several nonsurgical treatment options may be used to accomplish this goal. They include:
If nonsurgical treatment options do not improve symptoms, an OIBO hand specialist may recommend surgery. A carpal tunnel release is a quick outpatient procedure. The hand specialist carefully cuts the transverse carpal ligament and the nerve is decompressed. Symptom relief is experienced very quickly, sometimes within a few hours. The procedure is performed under local sedation so patients do not need to be put to sleep.