(248) 596-0412
26750 Providence ParkwaySuite 220 Novi, MI. 48374
Detroit Hour MagazineTop Docs 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments: Surgical and Nonsurgical

A person develops Carpal Tunnel Syndrome when there is a compression of the nerve which travels over the carpal bones near the wrist. Repetitive movement is a significant factor in the development of a carpal tunnel. This condition of the hand and wrist causes pain, tingling, numbness, and a burning sensation. Pain in hand often wakes a person from a sound sleep.

The goal of treatment for carpal tunnel is to restore normal function of the hand and wrist and alleviate pain issues. There are no risks when the person decides to use natural healing options to eliminate carpal tunnel pain.

Natural Pain Relief

  • Chiropractic care
  • Using a wrist splint
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Avoid repetitious movements of the affected hand
  • Ultrasound
  • Hand and wrist exercises such as stretching and rang-of-motion
  • NSAIDS to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Elevate your hand and wrist as much as possible
  • Pain relieving ointment
  • Keep your hand and wrist warm
  • Injections into the hand or wrist

Surgical Options

The doctor considers surgical options for carpal tunnel if all other natural options fail. Doctors now believe a surgical option a last resort for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Surgery decreases the healing time; the carpal tunnel may return; there is a risk of nerve damage, the need for painkillers, and the risk of infection at the incision site.

Endoscopic Surgery

If the doctor opts for an endoscopic surgical procedure, there will be no open incision into the palm. Less area of the hand is disturbed. Some people notice immediate relief of their pain and numbness. Pain relief for others may come in the following weeks or months.

You can expect a shorter recovery period after endoscopic surgery. Thus the person may return to work sooner than after open surgery because the procedure does not require cutting the palm open and disturbing a large area of the hand.

Open Surgery

Open surgery is where the doctor makes an incision across the palm. This procedure requires the person be off from work up to eight weeks.

Both types of surgery can include injury to nerves, tendons, and blood vessels, the risk of infection, anesthesia risk, and prescribed painkiller side effects.

If you're considering hand or wrist surgery and are looking to speak with an orthopedic surgeon, contact Michigan Hand and Wrist today. 

What Is Carpal Tunnel Pain Caused From?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nerve compression disease in which someone will experience numbness, tingling, and even some pain in their hand or arm. In some more severe situations, it can make using the hand very uncomfortable and challenging....

What Are The Most Common Hand Injuries?

The human hand is extraordinary in design and function. The hand and the wrist contain a total of 27 bones in various sizes and lengths. Around the bones exists an assortment of nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joint cartilage. Damage to any...

What Are The Most Common Wrist Injuries?

Repetitive motions and everyday activities can easily lead to injuries of the wrist. It is important to understand the most common of these injuries so you know when it's time to consult a doctor. Sprains and Strains If you experience...

What Causes Arthritis In Your Hands?

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, however, there are many types of arthritis. Each type has different causes and treatments. According to the Mayo Clinic, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are two of the most common types. Both can...

Tendonitis Causes & Symptoms

Tendinitis is a common problem typified by the swelling of overused tendons or the joints that they are connected to. It is caused most commonly by repetitive actions, often in combination with poor posture. The best remedy for this condition is...

5 Ways to Help Prevent Arthritis

While it may not be possible to completely get rid of your risk of developing arthritis, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk and delay the onset. Arthritis happens when cartilage wears away, causing your bones to rub against and...

What is Carpal Tunnel?

We rely on our hands for so many things; hen something goes wrong with just one of your hands, the results can make life really difficult, which is why carpal tunnel syndrome is such a frustrating condition. So in actuality, what is carpal...

What Are Common Symptoms of Arthritis?

Arthritis is not a disease in and of itself; rather, it’s a term that refers to pain and disease of the joints. It’s a condition that can affect anyone regardless of age, sex, or race, and it’s the leading cause of disability in...

What Are the Symptoms of Dupuytren's Disease?

Dupuytren’s disease is a condition caused by a thickening of the connective tissue between your fingers and the palm of your hand, causing a tightening and contraction of one or more of the fingers of your hand toward your palm. It is...

How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

We’ve all heard about carpal tunnel syndrome, how painful it can be, and how it often requires a skilled orthopedic surgeon to heal. But many people are unaware of how you contract it and what can be done to prevent it. You are at...

What Is Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is a term that most people are familiar with, but also one that confuses many. By definition, it is the inflammation of a tendon, and it is commonly caused by extensive use of the tendon, but it can also result from infection or...

What to Expect From Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Carpal tunnel syndrome is more than just a nuisance for those inflicted with the condition. If left untreated, it can lead to permanent nerve damage, so it is important for those experiencing pain in their wrists and hands to be examined by an...

Common Arthritis of the Hand Symptoms

Arthritis can present itself in various parts of the body and usually results in pain for the affected person.  Arthritis of the hand can incapacitate someone who relies on themselves for their day-to-day activities and for those who use...
Page: 12 - All