Carpel Tunnel Syndrome Relief

Pain, weakness, numbness and tingling of the hand, thumb and first three fingers signal the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome. This combination of symptoms is caused by irritation of a major nerve that passes from the forearm to the hand through a small bony passage (the carpel tunnel) in the wrist. The nerve irritation can be triggered by underlying illnesses like hypothyroidism, arthritis and diabetes; by pregnancy; or by overuse of the wrists on the job or at home.

Treatment options include pain medications, splinting the wrist, rest and applying ice. If these methods fail to relieve the symptoms over time, and especially if nerve tests reveal that nerve damage is occurring, your doctor will refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation.

If surgery is recommended, the procedure can be performed through an open incision at the base of your palm or by a smaller incision for a minimally invasive endoscopic technique. During surgery, the transverse carpel ligament is cut to relieve pressure on the nerve.

Usually, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia and no overnight hospital stay is required. The surgeon will monitor your response to surgery over successive weeks. You will be advised to avoid heavy lifting during that period, as well as to avoid activities that cause repetitive use of the wrist, such as typing and other keyboard-based movements.