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 common and often painful ailment 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.
The first treatment recommendation is to avoid activities that cause pain, apply ice to the hurt area and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications as needed. Splinting the wrist also can relieve symptoms.
If those treatments don't work, you may need surgery.
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery is a minimally invasive surgery that treats carpal tunnel syndrome with a tiny incision, releasing a ligament in the wrist that often puts pressure on the median nerve. This outpatient procedure results in a quick recovery, sometimes just a few days.