Carpal Tunnel Specialist

Peter J. Curcione, DO -  - General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Peter J. Curcione, DO

General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine located in Fort Myers, FL & Lehigh Acres, FL

When persistent numbness in your hands and fingers makes it difficult to pick up or hold objects, you may have a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. At his orthopedic offices in Lehigh Acres and Fort Myers, Florida, experienced orthopedic surgeon, Peter J. Curcione, DO, offers on-site diagnostics to confirm your condition. He is skilled in innovative treatments, including release surgery, to alleviate pain and other carpal tunnel symptoms for the long-term. Find out if your pain relates to carpal tunnel syndrome by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today. You can also receive diagnostic care by visiting the office nearest you.

Carpal Tunnel Q & A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects your hand and fingers and develops when the major nerve, known as the median nerve, becomes compressed.

The median nerve travels through the carpal tunnel on the underside of the wrist. When you have inflammation in the tunnel or your tunnel begins to narrow due to injury or age, it can put pressure on the median nerve. You can also suffer from nerve compression due to a buildup of scar tissue.

Continued pressure on the nerve can result in a variety of symptoms that interfere with the functionality of your hand, arm, and fingers.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Ongoing nerve compression on the median nerve can result in symptoms affecting the hand, fingers, and arms, such as:

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Shock-like sensations

You may find you have difficulty grasping objects or struggle to hold a pencil in your fingers.

These symptoms typically develop gradually and may come and go without warning. As the condition progresses, you may experience symptoms more frequently until they begin to interfere with your quality of life.

What are my risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you work in a job or play sports requiring repetitive hand and wrist movements, your risk for carpal tunnel syndrome increases. You can also develop carpal tunnel symptoms if you spend a lot of time typing on a computer, which puts pressure on your median nerve.

Family history may also be a factor in carpal tunnel syndrome due to hereditary issues that cause you to have a narrower carpal tunnel than other people.

Other common risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormone changes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Dr. Curcione can evaluate your risk factors for carpal tunnel after a review of your lifestyle, age, and occupation.

What treatments are available for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Initially, Dr. Curcione may try conservative treatments for addressing your carpal tunnel syndrome, such as exercises and anti-inflammatory medications. He may also suggest that you wear a brace to stabilize your wrist.

If these treatments aren’t effective at relieving chronic pain or numbness, Dr. Curcione may recommend carpal tunnel release surgery. This outpatient procedure is designed to address the issues putting pressure on the nerve.

Dr. Curcione uses minimally invasive techniques and small incisions to remove scar tissue or make necessary repairs without extended downtime or recovery.

Learn more about treating carpal tunnel syndrome with release surgery by calling the office nearest you today or by booking an appointment online now.