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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. Orlando Sabbag, is one of San Antonio's most sought-after carpal tunnel syndrome experts. He is renowned for his minimally invasive techniques which often result in faster recovery and less downtime for you.

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Do I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also known as median nerve compression, is a common condition that causes pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and wrist. It is the result of pressure being put on the median nerve that runs from your forearm through the carpal tunnel—a narrow passageway in your wrist surrounded by bones and ligaments—to your hand. The median nerve provides sensation to the palm side of your hand and provides motor function to the base of your thumb.

A variety of factors often contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome including wrist fracture, rheumatoid arthritis, underlying health problems, and repetitive movements.

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms typically begin gradually and include:

  • Tingling or numbness the thumb and index, middle or ring fingers or hand
  • Feeling the need to “shake out” your hands to try to relieve symptoms
  • Weakness in your hand or thumb

Find out if you’re experience symptoms related to carpal tunnel syndrome by taking our free assessment below.

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How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treated?

If signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome have begun to interfere with normal daily activities, it’s important to see a doctor before permanent nerve and muscle damage occurs.

Proper carpal tunnel syndrome treatment usually relieves the tingling and numbness and restores wrist and hand function. For early signs and symptoms, there are a variety of nonsurgical treatments that may offer relief, including:

  • Avoiding activities that make symptoms worse
  • Ice packs to reduce swelling
  • Wrist splinting
  • Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Steroid injections

If conservative treatments have failed to provide lasting relief or permanent nerve damage has occurred, surgery may be an option. Minimally invasive surgery to treat carpal tunnel provides relief by cutting the ligament that is pressing on the median nerve. After surgery, the ligament tissues gradually grow back together while allowing more room for the nerve.

If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome or feel that you may be experiencing symptoms, treatment options may vary depending on your unique condition. To find out if you’re a candidate for treatment at Texas Ortho Center, please contact our Patient Advocates.

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