Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Conservative treatment is usually the first option when treating carpal tunnel syndrome. Nonsteroidal drugs such as ibuprofen may ease the symptoms which were caused due to repetitive or strenuous activity. Injections can also be given to relieve symptoms or provide immediate relief. Physical therapy and various exercise can also help with symptoms in some cases.
When conservative methods fail, carpal tunnel release surgery is a great option and is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States. This type of involves the severing of the band of tissue around the wrist to decrease pressure on the median nerve. Surgery may be performed in a couple of ways:
Open release surgery: this is the traditional surgery to correct carpal tunnel syndrome and requires an incision up to two inches in the wrist in order to cut the carpal ligament and enlarge the carpal tunnel.
Endoscopic surgery: this type of surgery is done through an incision in the wrist and in the palm, then the surgeon inserts a camera attached to a tube in order to view the tissue and ligaments on a screen and then cuts the carpal ligament. Single opening endoscopic surgery is also available and can result in less post operative pain in scarring.
Your expert at SCCNS will be able to determine which treatment is best for you.