Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can leave you feeling like the appendages at the ends of your arms aren’t much more than useless mitts. People with CTS often have trouble with normal tasks like dressing, feeding themselves, opening medication bottles, or even just turning a doorknob.
At Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (AOSM), located in Union City and Dyersburg, Tennessee, Dr. Michael Calfee, Paxton Sisson PA-C, and the rest of our skilled team are here to help diagnose and treat cases of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome stems from an issue with the median nerve, which runs through the tunnel formed by bones, tendons, and ligaments that extends from your wrist into your hand. When this nerve gets compressed due to inflammation and narrowing of the tunnel, you’ve got a high chance of ending up with entrapment syndrome.
This condition causes various symptoms, ranging from weakness, numbness, and tingling in one or both hands, to pain that shoots from your wrist into your fingers and even up your arm to the elbow. There are several factors that can increase your risk of developing entrapment syndrome and CTS.
You’re at higher risk for CTS if you have one or more of these indicators:
If you suspect CTS, Dr. Calfee may recommend a nerve conduction study to measure the conduction speed of the nerve’s impulses. If the signals are slow, you’re likely dealing with CTS, and we’ll start you on a conservative treatment regimen that includes physical therapy.
If physical therapy and adjacent options like lifestyle changes and wrist splints aren’t providing adequate relief, it may be time to move on to other treatments.
First, we try corticosteroid injections into the carpal tunnel to see if they’ll help. This goal is to reduce inflammation in the carpal tunnel and thereby reduce pressure on the median nerve.
If that doesn't work, we can discuss surgical options. Your surgeon uses minimally invasive techniques to perform your wrist surgery, so your recovery can be as swift as possible, and you can get back to your normal life.