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Carpal Tunnel Treatment in Phoenix

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common conditions that can develop in the hands, and can be a very frustrating and uncomfortable problem. If you’re being affected by carpal tunnel syndrome and you’re in Phoenix, Buckeye, Surprise, or the nearby areas, our team at Regency can help. 

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Characterized by tingling, weakness, and/or numbing of the hands or wrists, carpal tunnel syndrome can occur when swelling inside the wrist makes the pressure grow inside the carpal tunnel—a small passage found inside the wrist—and compresses or pinches the median nerve. Repetitive hand or wrist actions is a possible cause of carpal tunnel syndrome.  

Who is likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome?

Because carpal tunnel syndrome is often associated with repetitive hand and wrist movements, those who tend to develop the condition are those whose jobs or hobbies require repetitive finger use.

These jobs and hobbies include activities such as playing an instrument, golfing, knitting, typing, needlework, working an assembly line, etc. Other factors that increase the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Your age. Carpal tunnel syndrome typically affects those aged 30 to 60.
  • Your gender. Women are more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome than men.
  • Your health. Individuals who have conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, and diabetes are at higher risk.
  • Injuries. If you have fractures or dislocations, they can aggravate the tendons in the wrist, which can cause swelling and pressure.
  • Genetics. You may have inherited a small carpal tunnel, which puts you more at risk to develop the condition.
  • Pregnancy. Carpal tunnel syndrome is very common during pregnancy, as hormones often cause swelling.
  • Your lifestyle. Smoking cigarettes, ingesting a lot of salt, and having a high body mass index can increase the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

Everyone will experience carpal tunnel syndrome differently, and your specific treatment plan will depend on the severity of your symptoms, how long you’ve had them, and how much of an impact the condition is having on your daily life. 

Treatments can include wrist splints, corticosteroid injections, chiropractic therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, and acupuncture procedures. If none of these treatments work, hand surgery may be the best option. Hand Surgery is also recommended if your carpal tunnel syndrome is disturbing your sleep, causing loss of feeling or movement of the fingers, and/or there is damage to the median nerve.

Carpal tunnel syndrome surgical details

Carpal tunnel syndrome hand surgery is performed under local anesthesia, and is typically an outpatient procedure. Your hand surgeon will make an incision at the base of your palm.

The transverse carpal ligament (which is what causes the pressure) will be cut, releasing the pressure. The incision will then be closed with stitches, but the cut ligament gap will be left open in order to allow tissue growth. Your hand will be surgically dressed, and your stitches will be removed in 1 to 2 weeks. 

Why choose Regency Specialties?

If you’re seeking treatment or hand surgery in Phoenix, Buckeye, Surprise, or the nearby areas, schedule a consultation with us. At Regency Specialties, we are proud to have an excellent team of skilled and experienced hand surgeons to address problematic conditions of the hands and wrists with advanced surgical techniques and years of expertise. As the top specialists in Arizona, we are a patient-centric practice that values every individual we see. We keep your safety and wellbeing in mind at all times, and you will feel completely welcome from the moment you enter our door to your very last follow-up appointment. To learn more or schedule a consultation, please call 623-243-9077 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you.

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