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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common, painful, progressive condition caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist area.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

Common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness and tingling in all fingers except the little finger, pain and burning sensation in the hand and wrist radiating to the arm and elbow, and decreased grip strength and weakness in your hand.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The exact causes of the condition are unknown. However, certain factors increase the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome:

Conservative Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated using conservative approaches. Conservative treatments include:

Treatment of Underlying Medical Conditions

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with carpal tunnel release surgery. Conventional surgery involves an incision of up to 2 inches in the palm and wrist area, while endoscopic surgery involves one or two half-inch incisions and the use of an endoscope. During surgery, the transverse carpal ligament will be dissected to release pressure on the median nerve and widen the carpal tunnel. Your surgeon will decide which options are best for you based on your general and medical condition.

Post-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief Surgery Care

Your surgeon may recommend that you perform certain postoperative procedures to heal better and avoid further complications.

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