Dr. Pickart offers treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome to the residents of Ventura, Camarillo, and the surrounding areas of California.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a compression of the median nerve at the wrist. The pinching of the nerve can lead to numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand.
What Is the Carpal Tunnel?
The carpal tunnel is a space in the wrist. The floor and sides of the tunnel are formed by eight wrist bones, known as the carpal bones. The roof of the tunnel is the transverse carpal ligament.
Through the tunnel run nine tendons and the median nerve. The nerve provides signals to the muscles at the base of the thumb and provides sensation to the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome results from tendonitis in the nine tendons within the carpal tunnel. Inflamed tendons become swollen, which then compress the median nerve.
A variety of disorders can cause that tendonitis.
- Heavy activities, such as the use of a jackhammer
- Hormonal changes, especially during pregnancy and menopause
- Certain medical conditions (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes)
Interestingly, most research studies have demonstrated that keyboarding is not a cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Unless you use a lot of heavy, vibrating tools, your activities are probably not the root cause of your nerve compression.
What Are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
- Numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers (“pins and needles”)
- Electrical sensations in the fingers and thumb
- Pains in the hand and fingers
- Radiation of these discomforts up the arm, towards the shoulder
- Awakening from sleep with “buzzing” in the hand
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are not immediately obvious but usually start gradually. In most sufferers, symptoms are more pronounced along the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and ring finger. Symptoms can be aggravated when the patient drives or uses the phone. Carpal tunnel syndrome, as it progresses, can make it difficult for you to do simple tasks such as buttoning a shirt.
How Is the Condition Treated?
Non-surgical options, such as splints, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), and corticosteroid injections, are sometimes helpful. Surgery is indicated when non-operative measures have failed.
What Is Involved in the Surgery?
A carpal tunnel release is an outpatient procedure. Depending upon your comfort level, you may not even require an IV.
The palm is always locally anesthetized. Then, a small incision is made, so that the transverse carpal ligament can be separated. By cutting the roof of the tunnel, there is more room for the nerve. The compression is thus relieved. Dissolvable sutures are placed, and the hand is wrapped in a soft dressing.
What Is Involved in the Recovery Process?
Patients who undergo wrist surgery on the carpal tunnel usually are advised to elevate the affected hand and to move the fingers, in order to lessen any swelling or stiffness. The surgeon will evaluate you one or two weeks after surgery to confirm that you are healing appropriately.
Then, you can begin to use your hand in your normal, everyday routine. However, you will still need to take care to prevent any kind of discomfort. Soreness in the palm is typical for up to six months after the procedure.
How Much Does Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cost in Ventura?
Usually, the surgical and non-surgical treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome are covered by your insurance company. Pickart Plastic Surgery currently works with most insurance carriers to ensure that patients can receive high quality treatment. Dr. Pickart also offers CareCredit® to provide financing option for patients.
If you are a resident of Ventura, Camarillo, or the surrounding areas in California and are considering cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, call Pickart Plastic Surgery at (805) 232-5688. Our talented staff members can answer all your questions and also schedule your consultation.