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Those suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome may have tried many non-surgical treatments unsuccessfully and feel as if they have no place left to turn for relief. Thankfully, patients in the Las Vegas area may be best able to lastingly free themselves from the painful, inconvenient symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome through carpal tunnel release surgery with Dr. Engineer at Engineered Aesthetics Plastic Surgery. It is always Dr. Engineer’s goal to create the best and safest surgical plan for your unique needs. As so many Las Vegas area sufferers of carpal tunnel syndrome have before, you too may gain a physician in healing with Dr. Engineer.

Diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused when the median nerve of the hand is pinched, pressed, or compressed by the ligaments of the hand or wrist. Once you have been diagnosed, treatment options can be discussed and implemented. Usually, rest and the use of a brace are recommended initially. If symptoms persist, other treatment options may be considered.

Techniques used to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome may include:

  • Past Medical History
  • Physical Examination
  • Nerve Conduction Study
  • Electromyography
  • Ultrasound (Evaluate Nerve Diameter Comparisons)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Evaluate Nerve Diameter Comparisons)
  • X-Ray (Evaluate for Aberrant Compressive Bone Structures)

Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome

There are many reasons a patient may develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Some of these include:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Weight gain
  • Obesity
  • Trauma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Menopause
  • Injury (sprain or fracture)
  • Repeated, prolonged use of vibrating tools
  • Pregnancy
  • Repetitive motions

Repetitive motion may include typing, playing an instrument, factory work, and much more. Although repetitive motion is most cited in popular media, the reality of carpal tunnel syndrome is that it can occur for many reasons, including those listed here.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

Symptoms of carpal tunnel may include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Pain
  • Weakening of the hand muscles
  • Dropping objects
  • Nighttime awakening 

The greatest common factor that every patient experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome encounters is the frustration of the difficulty of treatment. Often rest and the use of a brace will be successful—temporarily. However, symptoms may be more intense when they occur.

Although women are more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, all individuals are susceptible. Despite the cause of your carpal tunnel syndrome, in the light of failed conservative measures, you may wish to consider surgical options.

Treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome

A reputable surgeon such as Dr. Engineer will carefully and sensitively discuss your options, potential risks, and the likelihood of favorable results in your specific case. For many patients under Dr. Engineer’s care, carpal release surgery has meant freedom from the pain and inconvenience of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Schedule your comprehensive consultation to learn more about how Dr. Engineer may be able to help you.

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