Wrist Pain May be Caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when you experience pressure on the median nerve in your wrist that causes pain and tingling. Wrist splints, medications and physical therapy often can provide great relief and reverse the condition. But when those treatments do not help, carpal tunnel release surgery is an excellent option.

“The type of treatment we consider depends on the patient,” says R. August Ritter III, MD, orthopedic surgeon who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System. “If the patient is quite frustrated after weeks of trying other methods, we will start talking about surgery.”

R. August Ritter III, MD

R. August Ritter III, MD

Saint Francis Medical Center is the region’s most trusted source for carpal tunnel repair. During this procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision in the palm and uses surgical instruments to cut the transverse carpal ligament. This relieves the pressure that is causing the pain.

For more information on treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, talk to your primary care physician or call 573-331-3996.

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