Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. Symptoms of carpal tunnel include persistent tingling as well as numbness and radiating pain in the arms and hands. In some cases, you can also experience arm or hand weakness.
This condition can begin slowly and gradually progress. Pressure on the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the hands, triggers carpal tunnel pain. Carpal tunnel release is a surgery that helps reduce pressure on this nerve and treat carpal tunnel symptoms.
Reasons for Carpal Tunnel Release
Carpal tunnel release surgery is not for everyone. In fact, some people are able to treat their carpal tunnel symptoms with nonsurgical methods. You can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or aspirin and prescription pain medications. Doctors may recommend a steroid injection and inject medication directly into your arm or hand.
Other types of nonsurgical methods include:
- cold or ice compress
- physical therapy
Repetitive activities, such as typing, can also trigger or worsen carpal tunnel syndrome. Taking frequent breaks and resting your hands can reduce symptoms and alleviate the need for a surgical procedure.
However, if pain, numbness, or weakness continues or worsens even after experimenting with nonsurgical methods, your doctor may recommend carpal tunnel release. Before scheduling your procedure, your doctor will perform an electromyogram (EMG) test to check for abnormal muscle electrical activity, which is common in carpal tunnel syndrome.
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