When you first start to experience symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, there is a good chance that they will be pretty subtle. In the early stages, it may not immediately occur to you that carpal tunnel syndrome may be responsible for the symptoms you are experiencing. And even as the symptoms get a little worse, it may seem like no big deal to just put up with them.
But the fact is that carpal tunnel syndrome is progressive—it gets worse over time.
The Classic Symptoms Keep Getting Worse
You may be familiar with the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. They include:
- A burning, tingling, or numb sensation in your palm, thumb, and/or index and middle fingers
- A tingling sensation moving up your arm
- A feeling like a mild electric shock in your fingers
- Difficulty holding objects due to weakness in your hands
At the beginning, shaking out your hands can alleviate some of the symptoms, but as the pinched median nerve continues to be under pressure it is unable to provide its intended service to your hands. The nerve impulses are slowed, you have less sensation in your fingers, and you lose coordination and strength. For example, you may find that your thumb loses the ability to pinch an object so you can pick it up or hold it.
You Might Like the Sound of Ultrasound-Guided Surgery
The best solution to worsening carpal tunnel syndrome may be ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release surgery. This minimally invasive procedure frees the median nerve so that it can go back to functioning normally. This, of course, provides relief from carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
Don’t Let Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Slow You Down
Dr. Eric H. Williams has the experience and expertise necessary to help you find relief from carpal tunnel syndrome. If your condition has been steadily worsening and you are ready to experience lasting relief, contact us to get more information about the ways in which we can help and to set up an appointment.