We rely upon our wrists to do so much on a day-to-day basis. If you experience extreme wrist pain that is sometimes accompanied by numbness and tingling in the hands or arm, you could be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Luckily, there are ways to relieve your pain.
Non-Surgical Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome can often be treated with non-surgical treatment options. Some non-surgical treatment options that are successful in treating wrist pain include:
- Learning new ways to perform activities so the nerve isn’t compressed
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery can Help Relieve Pain
When non-surgical treatment options don’t provide pain relief, it may be time to consider undergoing carpal tunnel release surgery. This surgical procedure has been known to provide pain relief for people who are suffering from moderate to severe wrist pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.
The goal of carpal tunnel release surgery is to successfully release pressure from the nerves in the wrist. This is done by having the surgeon cut the flexor retinaculum. When this is done it provides relief from painful symptoms you may be experiencing.
Find the Cause of the Wrist Pain
The most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is overuse. However, other health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, and some autoimmune disorders, can also cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
It is important to get an accurate diagnosis on what is causing your carpal tunnel syndrome. An accurate diagnosis is needed because surgery may not work if another problem, such as diabetes, is causing your wrist pain. If another health problem is causing your pain, seeking treatment for that problem may be enough to relieve your wrist pain.
Consider Having a Nerve Test Performed
Carpal tunnel surgery is sometimes used as a preventative measure to preserve the nerves in your wrist, hand, and arm. A nerve test can sometimes be performed to detect any nerve damage that may be occurring as a result of your carpal tunnel. If the test discovers that is possible nerve damage occurring, your doctor may recommend surgery in an effort to reverse some of the damage or prevent the damage from getting worse.
Suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and looking for symptom relief? The surgeons at Orthopedic Research Clinic of Alaska can help you explore treatment options. Our surgeons will help explore both non-surgical and surgical treatment options that will help you find relief from your wrist pain.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment with our surgeons to discuss treatment options for your carpal tunnel syndrome.