Having stiff, painful joints can certainly make you feel less like a human and more like a zombie. If you have noticed that you get frequent, chronic pain and stiffness in your wrist then you may have a common condition called carpal tunnel syndrome. As one of the many specialties that we focus on here at The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester, let’s take a closer look at some of the treatments that we may recommend to help you feel less like a zombie and more like yourself this Halloween.
Typically, the first suggestion that we have for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome is to wear a brace or splint around their wrist; especially when you are doing things like typing a lot, playing the piano, playing tennis, or even when you’re sleeping at night. If you’re unclear about what kind of brace or splint will give you the most relief from your symptoms, then ask one of our doctors.
Sometimes we may recommend a steroid injection into the carpal tunnel joint to help relieve swelling around the nerve. Depending on the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome, we will determine how often you should be getting injections.
If you aren’t finding any sort of relief from your splint or injections then we may recommend that you get surgery on your wrist. During this surgery, we will cut the ligament that forms the top of the tunnel on the palm side of the hand which helps decrease the pressure on the nerve and alleviates symptoms.
The only real way for us to determine what type of treatment is good for you and your carpal tunnel syndrome is by scheduling a consultation with us at our office. To learn more, contact us today at our Rochester office at (585) 922-5840.