UConn Health Minute: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

UConn Health Minute: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most
common thing I see. It’s a compression of the median nerve at the wrist that can
cause numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness as it progresses. The first thing that we usually try is rest and splinting. Continuing from
there, you can try steroid injections. These procedures can actually be done
through a wide-awake procedure which means that you don’t require general
anesthesia. It’s done through just an injection similar to go into the dentist
where they numb up the area. You can eat the morning of surgery, you can drive
yourself to and from surgery, you don’t require any preoperative workup, and
afterwards you don’t feel sick and groggy. This is a great option for patients
who may have some medical problems where surgery could be a little higher risk
for them, but it’s also a great option for people who just want convenience.

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