Carpal Tunnel: My Story
Carpal Tunnel is something that affects workers in just about every job field out there. I haven’t been affected myself, but I do type quite a bit every day for work. Sometimes my hands will begin to get sore and certain fingers will hurt when I move them. I may end up with a form of carpal tunnel later in my career. I started to wonder how Carpal Tunnel is diagnosed and what kind of treatment options there are for someone with carpal tunnel and I found some great information on the website for Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery. Bergman Folkers offers several different surgery options for people with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
It turns out though, there are some things you can do to help ease the pain associated with carpal tunnel that don’t involve surgery. You can wear a splint at night that helps the increase the space for the median nerve within the carpal tunnel. For most this is an initial treatment step. Another thing you can do to help is avoiding the daytime things that provoke pain. This is hard for me since typing is a big part of my job. I can, however, take breaks and spread my typing out over the course of the day rather than trying to knock everything out at once.
If the pain is mild enough, there are over the counter drugs that can help ease the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and aspirin can provide short term relief on a day to day basis. If you have the time, picking up yoga could also help. Yoga practices have been shown to improve grip and reduce pain for those with CTS.
If none of these are providing the relief you need, there’s always the option of undergoing surgery. Surgery to release the carpal tunnel is among the most common surgeries performed in the United States. Most of the time, this surgery will severe the ligament that envelopes the wrist in order to alleviate pressure on the median nerve. These surgeries usually require patients to be put under a mild form of anesthesia and they do not require anyone to stay overnight. There are two different surgeries that doctors most often perform. The first is called open release surgery. During this procedure, doctors make an incision that measures around two inches in length along the wrist. They then severe the carpal ligament, which allows the carpal tunnel to enlargen. This is how the median nerve is then given more room.
The other surgery is known as endoscopic surgery. It works by making two, half-in incisions. One is located in the wrist and the other in the palm. A camera is then inserted into the incision to observe the tendons, ligaments and carpal tunnel. Doctors will then cut the carpal ligament. This surgery allows for quicker recovery time and there is less pain associated in the days immediately following the procedure. However, this surgery comes with a higher risk of complications and you may end up needing more surgery down the line.