An injury or disease to the hand, wrist or elbow can be debilitating. It can quickly rob the hand and upper extremities of their strength and flexibility making it difficult to perform even the simplest tasks.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common ailment that can cause a tremendous amount of pain that is caused by pressure on a nerve in the wrist. Those with carpal tunnel syndrome often report tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers, thumb, hand, and sometimes into the forearm.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by another health condition, like pregnancy or diabetes, or it can be an overuse injury. Prolonged use of your hands and wrists - either for work or for hobbies - can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
The first method of treatment is by avoiding activities that make the wrist hurt, applying ice to the hurt area and taking over the counter anti-inflammatory medications as needed. Splinting the wrist also can relieve symptoms.
If those treatments don't work, surgery may be needed.
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery is a minimally-invasive surgery that treats carpal tunnel syndrome with a tiny incision and a very quick recovery. The surgery releases a ligament in the wrist that often puts pressure on the median nerve, causing pain. This procedure is an outpatient procedure, and recovery can range from just a couple of days to a month or more, depending on if it affects your dominant hand and if you have to continue doing repetitive motions with that hand and wrist. You can watch a real endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery in the video below:
Hand Surgeons in Greenville
Dr. Arnold Batson and Dr. Marc Tanner are orthopedic surgeons in Greenville specializing in hand surgery. These hand surgeons have extensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of an array of problems affecting the fingers, hands, wrists, arms, elbows and shoulders. Dr. Tanner is the only hand surgeon in Greenville currently perfoming endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery.