Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that affects more than 12 million people. If you have experienced the pain, tingling, or weakness associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, you know how much it can affect your work and personal life. However, there is hope. There are treatments available that can help lessen the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the hand is compressed as it goes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. This happens when the tendons in the carpal tunnel or their lining become thick from chronic irritation, trapping the nerve under the transverse carpal ligament. Carpal tunnel syndrome has many potential causes, including repetitive hand and finger motion, such as with typing, mousing, gripping, playing an instrument, and similar activities. Common carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include numbness, tingling, and burning in the thumb and fingers, hand and grip weakness or lack of coordination, shock-like sensations in the wrist or fingers, and waking up with numb and tingling fingers.
Traditional open surgery is a widely used technique for carpal tunnel release that involves creating a single larger incision in the wrist. During the surgery, the surgeon cuts through tissue and the carpal ligament to relieve pressure on the median nerve. After the procedure, the incision is closed with stitches, and a bandage is applied to the hand. Recovery time for traditional surgery can be longer compared to other methods, often taking several weeks to heal. During this time, patients may experience pain and limited mobility, and they may need to undergo physical therapy to regain strength and function in the affected hand.
Fortunately, there is now a way to get rapid relief from carpal tunnel pain and return quickly to typical activities. Thanks to an innovative, safe, and effective instrument with real-time ultrasound guidance, our doctor can perform ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release in a matter of minutes with minimal pain. With carpal tunnel release using ultrasound guidance, patients experience drastically less pain and a quicker return to their typical activities. After the procedure, you'll be able to resume activities as tolerated. Most patients can return to work and the activities they love within 3-6 days, which is a fraction of a traditional carpal tunnel surgery recovery.
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