Darrell Henderson, MD
Plastic Surgeon located in Lafayette, LA
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common pain-causing conditions of your hands and wrists. Because Darrell Henderson, MD has specialized training in hand and wrist surgery, you can feel confident that he can help relieve your discomfort. Learn more about Dr. Henderson’s innovative approach to carpal tunnel syndrome by booking an evaluation at his Lafayette, Louisiana, clinic. Schedule online or over the phone.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Q & A
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a chronic condition caused by the compression of the median nerve in the narrow passageway that runs down the palm side of your wrist. This condition most commonly occurs due to overuse. For instance, if you type on a keyboard all day, the repeated motions and keeping your wrists in unnatural positions can lead to compression of your nerves.
You also have a higher chance of developing carpal tunnel syndrome due to:
- Prior injuries, such as fractures or dislocations
- Having diabetes or inflammatory conditions
- Being overweight or obese
- Menopause or thyroid disorders
Because your lingering wrist and hand pain can be a sign of an underlying medical issue, it’s important to have a thorough evaluation before your condition progresses.
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can vary from minor to severe, plus they can fluctuate from day to day. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Tingling or numbness in your fingers
- Burning sensations
- Hand weakness
Carpal tunnel syndrome most commonly affects your thumb and index finger, as well as your middle or ring fingers. Usually, you don’t experience these issues in your pinky fingers. Although carpal tunnel syndrome can certainly affect both of your hands and wrists, you may also only have it on one side.
How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?
Dr. Henderson provides several carpal tunnel solutions to both minimize pain and restore normal hand functions. Conservative therapies may include:
- Wrist splints or bracing
- Stretches or exercises
- Steroid injections
- Pain-relieving medications
If you aren’t getting any better or if your carpal tunnel pain is continuing to worsen, Dr. Henderson may talk with you about surgery. Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery involves cutting the ligament at the top of your carpal tunnel, which releases the ligament and thus compression on your median nerve. This minimally invasive surgery offered through has a high success rate.
Find out which carpal tunnel treatment is right for you by booking an evaluation. You can either request an appointment online or call the office directly.