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Can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Be Cured?

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Dr. Trever Wilkins, DO

Medical Director

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also called median nerve compression, can be debilitating, especially if you are consistently on a computer for work. Unfortunately, if left untreated, it can get worse over time. One to five percent of the adult population are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome and is generally more common in women.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

The carpal tunnel is a narrow tube surrounded by bones and ligaments that runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by median nerve entrapment in the wrist.

What does carpal tunnel syndrome feel like?

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in the hand and arm.

How does carpal tunnel syndrome occur?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by overuse of the wrist, trauma to the wrist such as a fracture or dislocation, arthritis, diabetes, prolonged or repetitive flexing of the wrist, medical conditions such as menopause or thyroid disorders, and fluid retention.

How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?

Using our MSK ultrasound technology, we can now diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome by measuring the diameter of the median nerve as it passes under the carpal ligament of the wrist.

Can carpal tunnel syndrome be cured?

Yes! Our Sonex Ultrasound Guided Percutaneous Carpal Tunnel Release Treatment has a 90% success rate.

Can I receive carpal tunnel treatment without surgery?

Yes. This is a minimally invasive procedure, which means it only needs local anesthesia. An ultrasound is first used to identify pertinent anatomy such as nerves, blood vessels, bones, and the carpal ligament. The local anesthetic (numbing medicine) is then injected into the wrist. Next, a small incision is made to allow the surgical instrument. As the instrument is inserted, it will make another small incision in the carpal tunnel ligament to create more space for the nerve. The ultrasound is used to confirm the entrapment was resolved and tissue adhesive is used to close the skin incision. Bandage is places on the wrist for a three day recovery.

What does carpal tunnel treatment with surgery look like?

Open surgery requires general anesthesia. It is done in a surgery center or hospital, raising the cost significantly. This procedure is executed by cutting the wrist open and cutting all of the tissue above it. Six weeks is the typical recovery time.

Questions to ask yourself to know if you have carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms:

Has pain in your hand woke you at night?

Has tingling and numbness in your hand woke you at night?

Has numbness and tingling in your hand been more pronounced in the morning?

Do you have any trick movements to make numbness and tingling go away?

Do you have numbness and tingling in your pinky?

Has tingling and numbness presented when reading newspaper, steering, knitting, etc?

Do you have any neck pain?

Has tingling and numbness been more severe during pregnancy?

Has it helped numbness and tingling wearing a splint?

If you answered yes to any of these questions or if you have tried taking non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, steroid injections, and night splinting, then carpal tunnel release is the treatment for you.

Trusted Carpal Tunnel Practitioners in Eastern Arizona

Find the carpal tunnel treatment that’s best for you with the help of friendly medical professionals. Optimize You hosts some of the best carpal tunnel syndrome practitioners in Arizona.

If you’re curious about Sonex Ultrasound Guided Percutaneous Carpal Tunnel Release Treatment, we recommend you book an appointment with our experts. That way, you can gain in-depth knowledge about the practice and feel comfortable getting a procedure simultaneously. Education and knowledge are part of the process toward becoming a healthier you.

*Disclaimer: Please note Sonex Ultrasound Guided Percutaneous Carpal Tunnel Release Treatment results may vary. The health results claimed on our site are based on medical studies and also individual results. However, these examples may not be applicable and/or typical to all patients of Optimize You Performance Medicine.

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