Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, can be a nuisance at best and an incredible pain at its worst. You may have already tried traditional treatment methods like stretching exercises, wrist splints, medications, or even injections to relieve your pain. In some severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, surgical intervention may be required to bring you the relief you so desperately crave. Of course, you should speak at length with your doctor before opting for surgery, but this quick guide might give you a starting place as to whether you might be eligible for surgery for your CTS.
Long-Term Severe Symptoms
Surgery is typically not considered for treatment of mild to moderate cases of carpal tunnel syndrome. Normally, surgery is reserved for the most severe cases of CTS that have not been properly treated with non-surgical methods like medications.
If you have been experiencing CTS symptoms for months or years with no relief, your doctor might recommend you for surgery. However, if you’ve been diagnosed recently or are just starting to feel pain, you will likely not be a candidate for surgery.
On that same note, hand weakness could be a big sign that your CTS is severe. This is a symptom that typically doesn’t present in mild or moderate cases and may indicate that you would be a good candidate for surgery.
Often, the biggest sign of hand weakness is not being able to grab, grasp, or pinch as hard as you were once able to. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it likely means that your median nerve has either been impacted for a long period of time or it’s been experiencing intense pressure that won’t be alleviated without surgical intervention.
Nerve Damage or Tumors
In some cases, CTS can be caused by (or can cause) damage to the median nerve. Your doctor may run a nerve test to determine if this situation is your case. Even if nerve damage hasn’t occurred yet, you might still be a candidate for surgery if your doctor deems you at an increased risk of nerve damage.
Additionally, CTS can sometimes be caused by a growth or tumor on or around the median nerve, which pushes down and causes increased pressure. In these instances, medications can provide no long-term relief, and removing the tumor or growth via surgical intervention is the best option.
What If I Can’t Have Surgery?
Even if your CTS is not severe enough to make you a candidate for surgery, there’s no denying that your condition is painful. So, how can you achieve relief if you’re not able to have surgery? In addition to wrist splints or stretches and medications, using CarpalAID can work wonders for controlling your symptoms.
CarpalAID is a clear patch that goes on the palm of your hand to relieve your worst CTS symptoms in minutes. You can use CarpalAID anywhere, anytime, and there are absolutely no harsh side effects, making CarpalAID safe for all patients to use as often as they need to. Contact us today to learn more and to try CarpalAID for yourself!