Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Specialist
Whether you’re typing away on a keyboard or out catching a ball, carpal tunnel can affect your ability to perform. Dr. Robert J. Lee at Robert Lee Orthopedics offers many types of carpal tunnel surgeries to help reduce your pain and frustration. In Idaho Falls and Blackfoot, Idaho, Dr. Lee, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, is more than familiar with the progressively common carpal tunnel syndrome. Call today or book your appointment online.

Carpal Tunnel Q & A

by Robert J. Lee, MD

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by a compressed nerve in the small passageway on the underside of your wrist. Underlying health problems, repetitive hand motions, and the natural structure of your wrist can all play a part in whether you’ll develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

Pay attention to your symptoms and take action if you feel like something’s wrong. Due to pressure and swelling, the median nerve can lose function, leading to:

  • Slower nerve impulses
  • Loss of feeling, especially in the fingers
  • Overall loss of strength and coordination

The sooner you seek treatment, the better your chances of preventing long-term nerve damage and alleviating your symptoms.

When should I see a doctor about possible carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you’re experiencing constant tingling, weakness, and pain in your wrists that’s interfering with your daily activities, work, or sleep, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome and could benefit from a consultation with Dr. Lee. You might even feel the tingling sensation traveling to your hands and up your arm.

If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can destroy the nerves and muscles. It’s believed to be caused by a combination of genetics, activity history, and other external factors.

The pressure in your wrist can come from swelling or anything that constricts the carpal tunnel, including diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism, and diabetes. Pregnancy can also cause swelling and compress the carpal tunnel, but it passes away within a few months after delivery.

What treatments are available for carpal tunnel syndrome?

There is a broad spectrum of treatments available for carpal tunnel syndrome, including rest, a wrist splint, and corticosteroids. If your pain and other symptoms are moderate to severe, have lasted a long time, and haven’t responded to other forms of treatment, Dr. Lee might suggest surgery to prevent further damage.

During the procedure, Dr. Lee surgically accesses the carpal ligament that is pressing on the median nerve. He cuts the carpal ligament free, releasing the pressure and relieving your pain.

If you’re experiencing pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, call or book an appointment online to discuss your options with Dr. Lee.

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