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Dr. Carolyn Berg - Carpal Tunnel

In today’s Brazos Valley Physicians Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Carolyn Berg discusses carpal tunnel syndrome.

"Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common problem that people get. It’s compression of the media nerve at the wrist. Symptoms include numbness and tingling of the fingers. It occurs at night and wakes you up and you have to shake your hands out. People have trouble typing or talking on the phone or driving and have to shake out their hands during the day.

"Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated initially by wrist splints and these are worn at night time. That a lot of times can help with early symptoms. If that doesn't help, sometimes cortisone injection into the area would help just with the inflammation and then surgery is another possibility for carpal tunnel syndrome if conservative treatment hasn't worked. The surgery can be done endoscopically or open through an incision at the palm or in the wrist and usually it takes about four weeks to recover but it helps with the symptoms.

"If you let carpal tunnel go long term, you can get permanent numbness in the fingertips and then even muscle wasting so it’s definitely worth asking your doctor about."

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