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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most common nerve disorders around, and can affect both hands and wrists on a particular person. It disables a primary nerve that causes the fingers to be numb, sensation in the hand to be lost, and a mild-moderate tingling pain or burning sensation extending up to your forearm. Carpal Tunnel currently affects around 2-3% of Americans and is very treatable.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Generally, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome appears as a numbness and tingling in the fingers. Occasionally it will be felt in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers, but does not have to be felt in all of them. 

Other symptoms include:

  • Numbness and pain in:
    • Hand
    • Forearm
    • Wrist
  • Tingling or the feeling that your hand is falling asleep
  • Pain in the wrists or forearms that increases with usage
  • Stiffness of wrist or forearms
  • Difficulty moving your hand (during tasks like writing, typing, driving, etc.)

There are many other things that can cause any of these symptoms, so before diagnosing yourself with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it’s best to see a doctor to determine what your options are for dealing with the pain.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can let you resume regular activity of your hand, wrist, and forearm. There are a number of treatment options, but the severity of each specific person’s symptoms will determine what treatment options are viable. Oftentimes, treatment will include the following:

  • Avoiding pain triggers
  • Physical Therapy
  • Stretching
  • Endurance Training
  • Stress Training
  • Medication
  • NSAIDs (Aspirin, Ibuprofen)
  • Pain Management Injections
  • Surgery

Do I Need Surgery for my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

In most cases, surgery isn’t necessary for treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. However, if symptoms don’t improve with other treatment options, surgery may be required to reduce the chance of permanent nerve damage or the progression of atrophy. If pain disturbs sleep or daily function, it may be time for surgery.

While the typical Carpal Tunnel surgery will be an endoscopic procedure done on an outpatient basis, this will vary depending on your diagnosis and potential results from a nerve test. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment in Fort Mill, South Carolina

If you are experiencing symptoms that may be related to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, contact us today for more information.

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COVID-19 Updates


Urgent Times Call For Urgent Care

In order to relieve the ER/Urgent Care staff and resources, SpecOrtho is now welcoming walk-in patients with urgent musculoskeletal injuries at our Fort Mill location. Our doctor will see all orthopaedic injuries outside of the back and neck during normal business hours. In order to maintain a safe environment for all, our facility is being cleaned and sanitized regularly and following strict CDC guidelines. Those individuals that are currently sick or have recently been exposed to COVID-19, should go directly to the local Emergency Room or Urgent Care Center for any immediate orthopaedic needs. For appointments or more information, please contact us at 803- 548-6464.


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  • If you or someone you have been in contact with has experienced fever, chills, cough, shortness or breath, sneezing or runny nose, please call the office to reschedule your appointment (803-548-6464).
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