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Carpal Tunnel syndrome usually involves the median nerve located along the forearm. The nerve goes into the hand through what is called the carpal tunnel which is a tunnel formed by the bones of your wrist.
When pressure is placed on the median nerve, a number of symptoms can be seen.
* Weakness in the wrist and hand occurs
* Pain which travels up the arm
* Pins and needles in the arm hand or wrist.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome often begin gradually and get worse with increased pain and a burning sensation or numbness.
Carpal tunnel surgery is becoming a very common surgery with about 500,000 people undergoing the surgery in the United States every year. The initial success rate of the surgery is encouraging, however a majority of the people who undergo the surgery get the symptoms back within 2 years. So when you look at the long terms effects of the surgery, the outcomes of the surgery are not nearly as promising as the short term results would have you believe. This is important to realize because surgery is not something you want to have done every couple of years for the rest of your life!
Surgery should be the last option in the opinion of many doctors across the country especially in light of these results.
It should be noted that the problems which create the pain in carpal tunnel syndrome could be coming from the wrist, the elbow, the shoulder or the neck. Only one of those four options are addressed with carpal tunnel surgery. In this office, we look at all 4 possibilities to find the true cause of the problem, not just cover up the symptoms.
A computerized test can often help diagnose the problem. Call 402-333-4848 today to schedule a consult and have this computerized testing done to see if you qualify for non-surgical care.
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