Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that can cause discomfort, pain, and limited hand and wrist mobility. At Premier Orthopaedic Associates, our hand specialists understand the impact of CTS on your daily life, and we're dedicated to providing advanced treatments that alleviate your symptoms and restore comfort and motion to the hands and wrists.

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What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

CTS occurs when the median nerve, which runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist, becomes compressed or pinched. This compression can result in symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain in the hand and wrist. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to prevent the condition from worsening and interfering with your ability to perform everyday tasks.

Treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome

Our hand specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating CTS. We offer a comprehensive range of advanced treatments, including:

  • Custom splinting: We can provide custom-made wrist splints to help alleviate pressure on the median nerve, reduce symptoms, and promote healing.
  • Medication management: Our pain management specialists can prescribe medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation associated with CTS.
  • Corticosteroid injections: For more severe symptoms, we offer corticosteroid injections directly into the carpal tunnel to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.
  • Physical therapy: Our skilled physical therapists can design targeted exercises to improve hand and wrist strength and flexibility, helping you regain functionality.
  • Minimally invasive surgery: In cases where conservative treatments are not effective, our board-certified hand surgeons specialize in minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as endoscopic carpal tunnel release, to relieve pressure on the median nerve.

Why choose Premier Orthopaedic Associates for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Premier Orthopaedic Associates is the top choice for hand and wrist-related conditions. Our team of hand specialists brings a wealth of experience and expertise in diagnosing and treating hand and wrist conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome. 

We are committed to personalized care, tailoring treatments to your specific needs. Our practice is equipped with the latest technologies and offers next-generation techniques, ensuring that you receive the most advanced and effective care available. Helping our patients live pain-free lives drives us, and we strive to make the journey to recovery as comfortable as possible. Ultimately, our dedication to improving your hand and wrist health and helping you regain pain-free function makes us the premier destination for CTS treatment in Southern New Jersey. Choose us for excellence in hand and wrist care.

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What is the surgical procedure for carpal tunnel syndrome?

In cases where conservative treatments are ineffective, surgical intervention may be recommended to relieve pressure on the median nerve and alleviate symptoms. The most common surgical procedure for CTS is known as "endoscopic carpal tunnel release." During this minimally invasive surgery, a small incision is made in the wrist, and an endoscope (a tiny camera) is inserted, guiding our hand surgeon. 

The surgeon carefully alters the transverse carpal ligament, which forms the roof of the carpal tunnel. By doing so, the pressure on the median nerve is reduced, allowing for improved nerve function and symptom relief. This procedure is known for its effectiveness in providing long-lasting relief from CTS symptoms and typically results in minimal scarring and a faster recovery compared to traditional open surgery.

What Is the recovery time?

The recovery time following endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery is generally faster and far more comfortable than traditional open surgery. Many patients experience relief from CTS symptoms almost immediately after the procedure, although it's normal to have some post-operative discomfort and mild swelling. You can expect to wear a wrist splint for a brief period to support the healing process. Most patients can resume light activities within a few days, while more strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks. Full recovery, including the return to work and daily activities, typically takes several weeks to a few months, depending on the individual and the specific nature of the job. Your orthopedic surgeon will provide personalized guidance on when it's safe to resume various activities and will monitor your progress to ensure a successful recovery. Physical therapy may also be recommended to help regain strength and range of motion in the hand and wrist.

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