Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome will most often present themselves gradually, without a specific injury, and are commonly more severe on the outside (thumb-side) of your palm. Patients have cited numbing and tingling sensations in their hand, as though it’s falling asleep. Symptoms, specifically pain, come and go and tend to intensify in different areas of the hand, almost as if the pain is moving up your fingers, or up your arm towards your shoulder. Pain is said to increase when mobility is limited, or the hand is held in a similar position for an extended period of time. If untreated for a significant time span, symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can become more constant and begin to affect your ability to perform delicate, everyday tasks.
Non-surgical treatment options such as bracing or splinting, anti-inflammatory medications, and steroid injections are heavily utilized prior to the suggestion of carpal tunnel release surgery. Doctors will work with you to adjust your schedule and limit the amount of aggravating hand activities performed throughout your day, but in many cases these activities are occupational and unavoidable. If pain and symptoms persist following simple treatment measures, surgical release is a viable next step for many patients.