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Non-Surgical Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at Comprehensive Medical Care

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the narrowing of a passageway in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel contains the median nerve that helps bend the fingers and thumb. The narrowing can become progressive and permanently damage the median nerve similar to a pinched nerve in the spine. The continuous compression on the median nerve causes progressive injury, resulting in severe pain, numbness and eventually loss of strength in the wrist, hand and fingers. The tendons that bend the fingers and wrist can also become inflamed adding to narrowing of the passageway and compression of the median nerve.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes serious and uncomfortable symptoms that affect daily activities, including career and sports. The pain can be described anywhere from sharp, shooting, and burning pain into the palm of the hand, fingers, and thumb to pain shooting up the forearm or mild numbness at night from the middle of the arm to the tips of the fingers. The most common symptoms include:

  • Numbness, tingling or pain in the fingers
  • Pain that radiates up the arm
  • Wrist pain
  • Sudden weakness in the hand

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Anything that squeezes or irritates the median nerve in the carpal tunnel space may cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Inflammation and swelling may be the result of an underlying medical condition, overuse, injury or repetitive motions. Typical causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Trauma to the wrist
  • Improper positioning of the wrist while typing
  • Prolonged exposure to vibrations from power tools
  • Repeated motions such as playing the piano or working assembly lines
  • Sleeping with the wrist flexed
  • B12 deficiency
  • Pregnancy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Thyroid disease

Non-Surgical Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Mild symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are focused on alleviating pressure on the median nerve with specific exercises, stretches and rest. Sometimes, medications or corticosteroid injections may be helpful.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at Comprehensive Medical Care

Most cases of carpal tunnel syndrome that require surgical release to relieve pressure on the median nerve now recover in DAYS vs traditional procedures, which may remedy the condition but tend to result in large, sometimes painful scars. Now, there is an alternative surgical option: Developed at MAYO CLINIC, the SX-One MicroKnife® Carpal TunnelRelease has revolutionized carpal tunnel syndrome treatment leading to significantly less downtime and minimal patient discomfort.

What makes us at CCMC different? EXPERIENCE!

Dr. Vernon is one of only 3-4 physicians in the state of New Jersey certified to perform this procedure. Dr. Vernon has over 15 years of experience performing ultrasound-guided, minimally invasive procedures and is board certified in ultrasound medicine as well as interventional pain procedures of the joints and spine. CCMC utilizes a team approach. Dr. Vernon works closely with the therapy staff on post-procedure recovery with optimized results.

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CTR using ultrasound guidance can relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome while minimizing recovery time. Most patients can return to work and their usual activities as soon as 3-6 days! This procedure allows most patients to regain immediate function of their wrist and hands following treatment.

Which one would you prefer?

Benefits of Carpal Tunnel Release with the SX-One MicroKnife® Over Traditional Surgery:

  • Most patients can return to work within 3-6 days
  • Performed in-office or outpatient ambulatory center
  • Performed with local anesthesia
  • Minimally-invasive incision typically closed without sutures
  • Personalized Postoperative therapy
  • Immediate motion of the hand for rapid recovery
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