Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that is characterized by loss of strength and coordination in the hand. It is the most common nerve entrapment disorder and it is caused by muscle imbalance that creates pressure on the median nerve.

Surgery is one option for treating this condition; however, it remains a controversial choice and it is important to fully understand the risks and benefits involved. There are many treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome including medication, exercise, wrist splinting, and corticosteroid nerve injections. Surgery is by far the most invasive procedure and it merits careful forethought. The vast majority of patients do quite well with conservative treatment and it is estimated that less than 1/3 require surgical intervention. Indeed, surgery is only recommended when there is persistent, debilitating pain, deteriorated grip or grasping, or muscle flattening.

There are multiple forms of surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome including open hand surgery and endoscopic surgery, a less invasive incision made through the muscle in the palm. Symptoms such as pain and numbness usually begin to improve in about six weeks. Muscle coordination, control, and strength may initially worsen following surgery, and a return to pre-operative status may take several months. Significant improvement to pre-illness status may take as much as two years to achieve, if it comes at all.

The complications associated with surgery as well as the timeline to substantial recovery make it as last choice resort for most patients. Thankfully, there are numerous effective alternatives that are much less invasive, such as a good balancing exercise and stretching program for the hand, wrist and forearm. Once the muscles are in balance, compression of the median nerve is eliminated and the symptoms disappear. Visit www.repetitive-strain.com to explore safe, efficacious options for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.

 

 

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