Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the result of a compressed median nerve in the wrist. It causes pain, numbness, or tingling in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers that usually worsens at night.
Myth One: Work-Related Stress Causes CTS
Correlation and causation are distinct, and while repetitive strain is associated with CTS, experts think it’s the final straw rather than the actual cause. CTS is strongly related to poor health, and doctors believe general improvements and prevention programs can produce measurable results. If your career entails repetitive trauma, a human risk factor evaluation is well worth doing since there are preventative programs for high-risk patients.
Myth Two: Surgery is the Only Cure
Surgery can have dramatic effects on CTS, but those who’d rather do The Ice Bucket Challenge than face invasive care have other options. Ice therapy, resting, wrist braces, and steroid injections can postpone surgery. NSAIDS, when used in the short term, can provide temporary relief.
Myth Three: CTS is Not an Emergency
Muscle wasting and permanent nerve damage are medical emergencies that often go hand in hand with carpal tunnel syndrome. With surgery having success rates of between 75 and 90% in trials, cutting can mean a complete return to full health.
Myth Four: CTS Always Recurs
Only 3.7% of patients need revision surgery despite the fact that surgeons frequently warn patients of the possibility.
Myth Five: Endoscopic Surgery is Too Risky
The less tissue is damaged, the better. Meta-studies show that open and endoscopic procedures have the same efficacy and rate of complication. Keyhole surgery restores grip better than invasive procedures.
CTS can drastically affect your quality of life and even steal your independence. All its effects are entirely unnecessary, though, given the high success rates of its many treatments.