Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Atlanta, GA

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what is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness, tingling, weakness, and discomfort in the hand and arm and is the result of elevated pressure on the median nerve that is located within the wrist. If not properly and promptly treated, the increased pressure creates inflammation that can significantly affect the functionality of the nerve, leading to symptoms that can be noticed throughout the arm, hand, and fingers. Even though symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are more prevalent at nighttime, they can also be noticeable throughout the day when performing specific activities. At Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, experienced orthopedic physician Dr. Christopher Williams offers quality care for treating the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Learn more about your treatment options by contacting our Atlanta, GA facility to schedule your initial consultation.

what are Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel syndrome?

In most instances of carpal tunnel syndrome, symptoms begin to occur gradually over time. Typically, you will start to notice some numbness and tingling in your fingers that can travel up to your wrist and arm. With time, these sensations can become constant if your condition is not promptly treated. Additionally, many individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome experience weakness in their hands and fingers and have a difficult time gripping objects. Treatment may become necessary when any of these symptoms impede on your ability to perform normal, everyday tasks. 

what Causes Carpal Tunnel syndrome?

The exact cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is increased pressure on the median nerve that runs from the forearm to the wrist. This pressure can be the result of a number of factors, including: 

  • Arthritis
  • Previous fracture or dislocation of the wrist
  • Inflammatory illnesses
  • Chronic illness
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Occupational factors
  • Fluid retention
  • Being overweight

How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?

Diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) typically begins with comprehensive evaluation and evaluation by our experienced orthopedic specialist, Dr. Christopher Williams. The process will likely include a detailed examination of the patient's medical history, symptoms, and a thorough physical examination to assess wrist strength, range of motion, and signs of nerve compression. Electrodiagnostic tests, such as nerve conduction studies and electromyography, may be utilized to measure the electrical activity of muscles and nerves, helping confirm the presence and severity of carpal tunnel compression. Additionally, imaging studies like X-rays or ultrasound may be ordered to assess the anatomy of the wrist and rule out other potential causes of symptoms.

how do you treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

The ideal form of treatment for you will be dependent on the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome. Typically, Dr. Williams will initially recommend more conservative remedies, such as physical therapy, wrist splints, rest, and anti-inflammatory medications. If your symptoms persist, he may then suggest corticosteroid injections to alleviate inflammation, which helps to reduce the pressure on the median nerve. In severe cases that have not responded to other treatments, surgery may be the best option for diminishing carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. In your comprehensive consultation, Dr. Williams will examine your current symptoms and conduct any necessary diagnostic tests to ensure you receive the best possible course of treatment for your condition. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome FAQ

Who is most at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome?

According to the NIH (National Institutes of Health), as many as 1 - 5% of people are at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

Will I need to have surgery for my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Whether or not you’ll need surgery will depend on the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Williams will start with less drastic remedies for your condition, including physical therapy, wrist splints, rest, and anti-inflammatory medications. If those don’t alleviate your carpal tunnel syndrome, then surgery may be an option.

Does carpal tunnel surgery hurt?

No, your hand will be numbed with a local anesthetic to prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort. In some cases, you are put to sleep (general anesthesia).

How long is recovery from carpal tunnel surgery?

Recovery from carpal tunnel surgery will take time. Typically, you’ll need between 4 - 6 weeks to several months. However, you’ll be able to lightly use your hand in about two weeks. In cases where your nerve has been compressed for a long time, you may need even more recovery time. You’ll need to wear a wrist splint and be diligent with your physical therapy to strengthen your hand and fully heal.

Does insurance cover carpal tunnel surgery?

Many health insurers will typically cover carpal tunnel surgery. However, you should always check with your provider before scheduling any procedure.

Are you put to sleep for carpal tunnel surgery?

No, in most cases, carpal tunnel surgery is performed with local anesthesia while you are awake. This will allow you to avoid the negative effects and recovery time needed from general anesthesia. However, the surgery can be performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Williams will talk to you about your options during your consultation if it is decided that surgery is the right treatment for your carpal tunnel syndrome.

get RELIEF from carpal tunnel syndrome

At Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, Dr. Williams and his experienced orthopedic team are dedicated to helping patients experience significant pain relief from carpal tunnel syndrome. With various available treatment options, you no longer have to suffer from the debilitating side effects of the condition. Contact our innovative Atlanta, GA facility to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Williams.

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