Highly Regarded Orthopedic Specialist, Glenn D. Cohen, M.D. Remarks on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Seeking early treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome can decrease pain, numbness, and hand dysfunction.

Find an orthopedic surgeon who has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand (CAQSH) to diagnose the problem.

Seeking early treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome can decrease pain, numbness, and hand dysfunction. “In all cases, there is increased pressure on the median nerve inside the carpal tunnel,” Dr. Cohen explains that not all carpal tunnel syndrome is from repetitive activities. In fact, pregnancy, menopause, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders and tumors can place added pressure on the nerve and result in carpal tunnel syndrome.

“Determining the exact reason your hand gets numb and tingles is very important before embarking on any course of treatment. It is equally important to make certain that diseases that mimic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are ruled out,” says Dr. Cohen, adding, “find an orthopedic surgeon who has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand (CAQSH) to diagnose the problem.”

Seeking treatment early can prevent more extensive nerve damage. Splinting, therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs and supplements (turmeric and omega-3 work well for inflammation), Cortisone injections, hand therapy and acupuncture have all been used to effectively treat CTS.

“If non-operative treatment is unsuccessful, or your condition is too advanced, then surgery is necessary,” says Dr. Cohen. A variety of techniques and procedures, often done on an out-patient basis, typically take under 30 minutes.

Dr. Cohen can be found on the web at http://HandSurgeon.org

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