What is Carpal Tunnel Release?
Carpal Tunnel Release is a quick procedure to relieve numbness and tingling in the thumb, index and middle finger. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is pain and weakness in the hand that is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. During a Carpal Tunnel Release procedure, the Transverse Carpal Ligament is cut near the base of the palm of the hand, which releases the pressure on the median nerve. This can be performed endoscopically (with a camera) or with a small open incision. The Carpal Tunnel Release Procedure relieves pain helps to prevent future nerve damage.
What causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by excess pressure in the wrist and on the median nerve. The most common causes of this swelling are:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Repetitious hand/wrist movements
- Broken wrist bones
What are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Suffers of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome generally feel pain in their wrists. This pain can be accompanied by some of these other symptoms:
- Numbness or pain that wakes you at night
- Tingling similar to “pins and needles” sensation
- Stiffness in your fingers
- Numbness/Pain gets worse while you use hand/wrist
- Aching Pain in forearm between elbow and wrist
- Reduced strength or grip in fingers and thumb