Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pain

Common symptoms associated with CTS include tingling and numbness in the fingers, a burning sensation in the hands, and pain that radiates up to the forearms and elbows. Patients may experience a weakened grip and difficulties performing everyday tasks, such as typing and cooking.

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Why Choose The Atlas Institute of Peripheral Nerve Care?

The Atlas Institute of Peripheral Nerve Care is a state-of-the-art practice housing the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technology, including ultrasound imaging and guided injections. Our skilled providers offer both non-operative and operative solutions for addressing a wide range of conditions. Through thoughtful and meticulous surgical techniques, we enhance mobility, comfort, and quality of life. Each treatment plan is highly individualized, allowing for customized care to relieve chronic pain. We empower our patients to once again enjoy all their favorite hobbies, activities, and adventures, free from debilitating symptoms.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The carpal tunnel is a space connecting the forearm and the wrist, through which pass the median nerve and nine tendons. When pressure is exerted on the median nerve over time, an array of symptoms in the hands and fingers may arise, including tingling, numbness, and pain.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition affecting the wrist nerves that can make it difficult to write, type, do household chores, or perform other manual tasks. When left unaddressed, carpal tunnel syndrome can significantly lower your overall quality of life. 

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What are the Causes of CTS?

There are several different ways that CTS can arise. One of the most common ways is by keeping the wrists bent for long periods of time, such as is common at typing-related jobs.

Joint dislocation, fractures, arthritis, and swelling of the flexor tendon lining can all narrow the carpal tunnel, creating pressure on the median nerve. Additionally, CTS has been associated with diabetes and thyroid disorders.

What are the Symptoms of CTS?

The most common signs of CTS are pain, tingling, and numbness. It is common to experience symptoms both during the day while doing ordinary tasks and at night while trying to sleep. Some patients will experience clumsiness and loss of their normally strong grip.

CTS is often experienced as a standalone ailment but it can occur in connection with other pinched nerves in the arm or neck. It is important to be examined by a competent, skilled peripheral nerve surgeon in order to correctly diagnose the underlying causes of carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are the Available Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? 

Non-surgical treatment options are typically suggested first. These might include relieving underlying medical conditions responsible for CTS, changing the position of the wrist while performing repetitive tasks, wearing wrist splints at night, and undergoing steroid injections. If symptoms are not relieved through these options, surgery may be required. This involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament to enlarge the carpal tunnel and release pressure on the median nerve. Our providers are experts in minimally invasive endoscopic carpal tunnel release in Denver, which may allow for an earlier return to activities, given less postoperative pain.

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Postoperative Care for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery

After your surgery for carpal tunnel treatment in Denver, the following best practices can help to speed recovery:

  • Keep your hands elevated above the heart to minimize swelling
  • Wear a splint
  • Use ice packs to help alleviate swelling and discomfort
  • Keep your incisions clean and dry
  • Cover your treated areas with plastic wrap when bathing or showering
  • Engage in physical therapy to restore your grip
  • Avoid smoking
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Follow your surgeon’s instructions

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To see our patients living their best lives free from pain is our greatest happiness and the goal that drives our practice. It all begins with a simple consultation, during which we will get to know you, discuss your concerns, and answer your questions. Our cutting-edge diagnostic equipment is used to get to the root causes of your symptoms, allowing for a treatment plan that brings lasting relief. We offer a range of solutions, both non-invasive and surgical, ensuring that every patient experiences a state-of-the-art solution for their discomfort. Call today to get started!

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