Carpal Tunnel is a syndrome that causes tingling, numbness, and weakness in the wrist, arms, and fingers. It is the result of pressure on the median nerve, which runs along the arms and fingers.
A variety of treatments have been used for this condition, but most only offer partial relief. For example, doctors will recommend lifestyle changes that would allow victims to use the affected areas less often. In some cases, targeted exercises and stretching help alleviate pain. In many cases, medications or even surgery will be necessary; and even here, sufferers of the syndrome are left with pain and disability.
Thankfully, newer techniques have resulted from advanced research in the field. A combination of targeted ultrasound and small incisions have replaced older approaches that employed extensive open surgery at the wrist and palm. This new procedure is currently offered to veterans in the Milwaukee VA Hospital. Veteran and Emergency Physician Jonathan Wiese recently underwent this treatment, and writes, “I have no pain at all. Even no surgical pain.” Before the surgery, Weise had difficulty performing such simple tasks as driving and holding a cup of coffee. “It’s good to know that they are doing this upstairs and that they are at the forefront of this technology,” Wiese said.
This incredible new procedure offers patients an extremely short recovery time, as well as the incredible benefit of daily life without pain.
Overall, it is clear that breakthroughs in medical technology are advancing rapidly. New procedures such as this to treat Carpal Tunnel will continue to improve the lives of millions of people across the globe!
Its good to know that they are doing this upstairs and that they are at the forefront of this technology.
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