You’re scrolling on your phone typing and tapping away then you feel it, your hand starts to tingle and then goes numb. This has been happening for a while now and recently it just started to be more painful.
You may have carpal tunnel syndrome, which is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel on the palm side of your wrist.
“Carpal tunnel is a real tunnel that is formed in the wrist of the hand around tendons and ligaments,” says Rickey L. Lents, MD, orthopedic surgeon. “We have a limited open procedure that will take the pressure of the nerve and get you back to working with your hands.”
Over time these symptoms can weaken the muscles of your hands and wrists if left untreated. A doctor may suggest surgery if physical therapy, splinting, steroid injections and routine changes haven’t improved your condition.
Limited open surgery elevates pain off the areal tunnel by making an incision in the ligament to take the pressure off the median nerve. After the procedure, the ligament will form back together, but now with more room for the nerve to pass through.
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