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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel release is usually performed after evaluating the severity of your symptoms and response to non-surgical treatments. It may also be recommended to prevent irreversible damage, especially if you are experiencing constant numbness.

There are two types of carpal tunnel release procedures – open and endoscopic. The former involves making a small incision in your palm to view the inside of your hand and wrist, followed by dividing the transverse carpal ligament to increase the tunnel size and decrease the pressure on the median nerve. The latter entails making one or two even smaller incisions to insert a miniature camera which will guide your hand surgeon in dividing the transverse carpal ligament.

Carpal tunnel release can be done as an outpatient procedure. You may experience pain, swelling and stiffness after the surgery but these will naturally improve as time goes by during your recovery period.

Most patients also experience drastic improvements in their symptoms within the first week after surgery.

Speak to our hand surgeon today to find out more about how carpal tunnel release will benefit you.

Non-surgical Treatment Methods

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can be relieved without surgery, as long as it was diagnosed and treated early. Here are some non-surgical treatment methods your hand specialist may recommend.

  • Wearing a splint or brace – your hand specialist may prescribe a splint or brace which you can wear to keep yourself from bending your wrist while you sleep to reduce the pressure on the nerve.
  • Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications – your hand specialist may prescribe NSAIDs to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation in the affected area.
  • Making activity modifications – symptoms tend to worsen with activity, especially when your wrist is flexed or extended; making changes to these activities can help to slow down the progression of carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Trying nerve gliding exercises – your hand specialist may recommend certain exercises that will help your median nerve move more smoothly within the carpal tunnel.
  • Taking steroid injections – your hand specialist may suggest injecting cortisone, an anti-inflammatory agent, into the carpal tunnel to reduce swelling and relieve pain.

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