Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that occurs when the median nerve—a major nerve that passes through a narrow channel in the wrist—becomes pinched or compressed by surrounding tissue, such as an inflamed muscle. The resulting weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations that develop in the wrist and hand can make it difficult to perform even basic daily tasks, such as gripping a pen to write.
You don’t have to struggle with carpal tunnel syndrome or power through the pain, though. You can receive prompt and effective treatment from a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic hand and wrist surgeon at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Casper, Wyoming.
How Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?
Mild to moderate symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome often improve with rest, ice applications, and activity modifications. Until the symptoms resolve, it’s important to take frequent breaks from—or completely avoid—any activities that cause or contribute to the discomfort. To address severe symptoms, we may suggest:
- Wrist splinting
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Corticosteroid injections
Our team may recommend surgery to address severe symptoms that do not respond to conservative therapies. The goal of carpal tunnel surgery is to relieve pressure on the median nerve by removing tissue that is compressing it. This procedure can be performed using traditional or minimally invasive techniques. Many of the hand and wrist surgeons at Premier Bone & Joint Centers are members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, so you can feel confident entrusting your surgery to us.
It’s important to seek treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, which can progress and lead to chronic wrist pain or permanent nerve damage. Come to Premier Bone & Joint Centers at the first sign of hand or wrist pain. We have a satellite clinic conveniently located in Casper, WY.