Many Americans are affected by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other wrist pains. At Pain Care Boise, experienced interventional pain management physicians William Binegar, MD, and Christopher Vaughan, MD. In their Downtown Boise, Idaho, office, the team prescribes individualized cutting-edge treatments to help alleviate your wrist pain. Call the office today or book an appointment online now.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) affects nearly 12 million Americans. CTS occurs when the median nerve is compressed as it goes through the carpal tunnel in your wrist, being trapped under the transverse carpal ligament (TCL). CTS is typically caused by repetitive hand and finger motion. Common examples are typing, mousing, gaming on computers, playing an instrument, manual labor that especially requires a significant amount of gripping and other similar activities. CTS symptoms include numbness, tingling and burning in the thumb. and fingers and often wakes you up at night. You may feel weakness of the hand or difficulty with coordination. Sometimes shock-like sensations. in the wrist or fingers. Historically the diagnosis is made with EMG/NCV. This procedure can be painful as it involved shocking the nerves or muscles. We can now make the CTS diagnosis with Ultrasound (US), a painless procedure.
The goal of surgical intervention is to cut the transverse carpal ligament (TCL) to reduce compression of the median nerve, which significantly decreases the pain, numbness and tingling as well as improving your function. Traditional open CTR surgeries are relatively safe and effective, but may lead to painful scars and your return to normal activities and work may be prolonged up to 2-6 weeks or months. (Endoscopic CTR may help, but is more expensive and potential greater risk of postoperative nerve symptoms.)
Pain Care Boise is now offering a new technology to cut the TCL with US guidance. NO IV or anesthesia is needed. Only numbing with a local anesthetic. A very small incision (less than 5 mm) is made. Through this small incision is placed a patent pending device. The Sonex Health SX-ONE MicroKnife is a surgical tool with inflatable balloons along both sides of a retractable retrograde cutting knife.
Are you suffering with the pain and numbness of moderate to severe CTS? Have you been trying to avoid diagnosis with the painful EMG/nerve conduction test? Our microinvasive carpal tunnel release will get you back to work quicker and safe. To learn more, visit Sonexhealth.com or contact Pain Care Boise today to schedule a visit.