Carpal tunnel syndrome is relatively common, which means that many people have heard stories and information about this condition. However, not all the information is true! Allow us to dispel three carpal tunnel syndrome myths so you can take action if needed.
“My hand-pain, coupled with my all-day computer use, is a sure sign of carpal tunnel syndrome.”
Millions of Americans have jobs that require them to use the computer for most of their workday. Understandably, your fingers or hands will start aching after hours of typing. However, this is not necessarily a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. This syndrome has specific symptoms such as numbness in the middle finger, index finger, and thumb. Also, many people have reported their symptoms are worse at night.
“Surgery is the only way I’ll find relief from carpal tunnel syndrome.”
Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is a very successful treatment option. That’s why our physicians have specialized in a surgery called Carpal Tunnel Release (open technique). This surgery releases pressure on a nerve that travels through your wrist, which will dramatically reduce your painful symptoms.
If you’re hesitant about surgery, you can also conduct several at-home treatment options such as using a wrist brace, icing your hand and wrist periodically, resting the afflicted area, and taking certain medicine. It’s important to note that these at-home options are not a long-term fix.
“If I have surgery, I’ll miss several months of work.”
After surgery, you’ll want to rest your hands to ensure they heal properly. Many people have helped the healing process along by attending physical therapy classes to increase their grip strength. If you’re in a job that does not require repetitive, heavy use of your hands, you can likely go back to work within a few weeks.
Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms can make everyday activities excruciating. But, you don’t have to live with the pain any longer! Make an appointment with your GNI specialist to discuss treatment options.