Eduardo Gonzalez-Hernandez, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon & Upper Extremity Specialist located in Miami, FL
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common and irritating overuse injuries. At Eduardo Gonzalez-Hernandez, MD PLLC in Miami, Florida, Dr. Gonzalez-Hernandez specializes in diagnosing and treating carpal tunnel. If your wrist pain negatively impacts your quality of life, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.
Carpal Tunnel Q&A
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Your carpal tunnel is a narrow opening in your wrist about an inch wide. Your median nerve runs down your arm, through your forearm, and into your carpal tunnel.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tendons in your hand become irritated or swollen and your carpal tunnel narrows, causing a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including pain, tingling, and numbness.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Researchers aren’t entirely sure what causes carpal tunnel syndrome, but a variety of factors are thought to play a role, including genetics, repetitive hand use, and health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Studies suggest women and older people are more susceptible than men and adolescents.
What can I expect during a carpal tunnel syndrome evaluation?
Dr. Gonzalez-Hernandez is an expert in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the upper extremities. When you come in looking for treatment options for your carpal tunnel syndrome, you can expect a comprehensive and patient-focused exam.
During your evaluation, Dr. Gonzalez-Hernandez reviews your symptoms and your general medical history. He then examines your hand and wrist, and performs a number of tests to confirm your diagnosis.
Eduardo Gonzalez-Hernandez, MD PLLC is a state-of-the-art practice and performs many diagnostic tests in-house, including a neurodiagnostic evaluation to assess nerve function and damage.
How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?
The treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the severity of your symptoms. If it’s caught early on, conservative measures of care like splinting, activity changes, and over-the-counter painkillers can provide relief.
Eduardo Gonzalez-Hernandez, MD PLLC also has an in-house occupational therapy department. The occupational therapists teach you how to adjust your work routine to reduce repetitive movements that irritate the median nerve and exacerbate your symptoms.
If nonsurgical methods of care don’t alleviate your symptoms, surgery may be necessary. Fortunately, Dr. Gonzalez-Hernandez offers safe and effective minimally invasive orthopaedic techniques for a faster recovery.
During carpal tunnel surgery, Dr. Gonzalez-Hernandez alleviates pressure on your median nerve by cutting the ligament that forms the roof of your carpal tunnel. The procedure opens up the passageway to reduce pressure on the nerve and the resulting discomfort.
For expert care of your carpal tunnel syndrome, call the office of Eduardo Gonzalez-Hernandez, MD PLLC or book an appointment online today.