What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
When there is increased pressure on the median nerve of the wrist, it can lead to swelling. In many cases, this swelling becomes severe enough to restrict movement, as well as cause numbness, tingling, and pain in the arm, hand, and/or fingers. This condition is known as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Most people suffering from these effects notice the worst symptoms during the nighttime. However, they can also cause issues performing normal tasks, such as reading or writing, during the day.
There are many potential forms of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome that can be utilized by Dr. Christie Lehman and her staff in order to alleviate pain caused by CTS for our Asheville, NC patients. We have the ability to perform diagnostic nerve testing in our office if needed as well. Visit Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to discuss how one of our treatments could be beneficial to you.
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel?
Carpal tunnel can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms. Some of the most common can include:
- Weakness when gripping objects
- Tingling in the hands
- Numbness and/or pain in the hands and wrist
- A swollen sensation within the fingers
- Difficulty sleeping due to pain
When you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should visit our facility for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
How Can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Be Treated?
When it comes to carpal tunnel syndrome, it's very important to begin treatment as soon as possible. If we can diagnose and treat the issue before it worsens, we can save our patients from a lot of pain and discomfort in their everyday life. For this reason, once you notice the earliest signs of CTS, we recommend you schedule a consultation with Dr. Christie Lehman as soon as possible to get you on the fastest road to recovery. Treatment types can vary from one patient to another with some only requiring medication or corticosteroids while others may need to use a wrist splint.
As a Regenexx®-partner facility, we can also offer groundbreaking regenerative treatments in which growth factors are extracted from the patient's own body before being concentrated and injected into the affected area(s). These growth factors then stimulate the body's natural healing process, which can lead to relief.
"For 30 years I have had knee pain related to an old football injury. I am in highway and heavy construction so im always on my feet working, walking slopes and ditch line. Obviously over the years I’ve worn my joints out . Dr Lehman provided me with the stem cell treatment and my life is changed forever ! Very caring , professional and informative Dr. She took care of me and I feel I’ve gotten the best medical treatment short of full replacement and that’s something I really don’t want . I’m 52 and active again . Thank you Dr. Lehman and your team for giving me a pain free life ! "- D.C. / Healthgrades / May 10, 2022
"Three months ago, Dr. Lehman did a stem cell treatment on my knee for a torn meniscus and arthritis. She and her staff provided a thorough explanation of what was involved in the procedure and what to expect in the days after. I am now 80% pain free and able to walk several miles and up and downstairs without discomfort. I highly recommend this practice."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Oct 14, 2021
"I came to Dr. Lehman after being told by several orthopedic surgeons that I needed a total knee replacement for advanced osteoarthritis. She treated me with stem cell & plasma rich platelet injections harvested from my own body. My knee was significantly improved afterwards and I can walk without my old limp!"- N.M. / Google / Oct 03, 2021
"I am extremely satisfied with my experiences with Dr. Lehman. I've had two procedures done and everything was handled professionally. She is an excellent communicator, and answered any questions I've had. Her bedside manner during the procedures is excellent as well. I've given her name to more than one friend, and highly recommend her to anyone who has joint/muscle issues that may benefit from her expertise."- L.M. / Google / Aug 03, 2021
"I came to Dr. Lehman after enduring years of pain in my hips, especially my right hip. Previous corticosteroid injections, which would help for a few months, had ceased to be effective. Driving, standing, walking - everything had become very painful. Dr. Lehman’s exam revealed several sizable tears in the tendons of both hips. I received the regenerative platelet injections in each hip, directly into the tendon tears, to produce new cell growth to fill in the painful gaps/tears. At that time, my regular pain on a scale of 1 to 10 was: 4 or 5 in my left hip; 8 to 10 in my right hip. Today, after my 12 week checkup, I can honestly say that my left hip pain is usually nonexistent or, at most, a 1, and my right hip pain is no higher than a 2, maybe 3 after driving a long distance. That is like a 75 to 80% improvement for me, and we expect it to continue to improve. I am so grateful to Dr. Lehman and her team for helping me get past the pain and all the associated stress!"- D.K. / Google / Jul 21, 2021
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome FAQ
Is it carpal tunnel syndrome or something else?
There are several health conditions that can present the same symptoms as carpal tunnel syndrome. These can include arthritis, RSI (repetitive strain injury), and thoracic outlet syndrome. During your consultation, Dr. Lehman or Dr. Crider will examine you and may recommend testing to properly diagnose the causes of your pain and discomfort.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Most patients don't know the exact singular cause of their carpal tunnel syndrome, in that they can't point to one specific thing that may have caused it. Carpal tunnel syndrome can also be triggered by a number of health factors, including diabetes, obesity, hypothyroidism, arthritis, an injury, or some rare diseases.
Does typing a lot put you at a higher risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome?
No, it does not. It is a common misconception that hours spent typing can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, but this link has not been corroborated with hard evidence. Studies have found that even typing up to eight hours a day did not increase the risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Will I need surgery for my carpal tunnel syndrome?
No, most patients do not require surgery for their carpal tunnel syndrome. At Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we provide a variety of nonsurgical options to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, including Regenexx injectable regenerative treatments, corticosteroid injections, and wrist splints.
Reduce Pain in Your Wrists
Our modern techniques can be used to dramatically eliminate pain and discomfort stemming from carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as numerous other conditions. They can also be performed quickly and effectively without the need for the scarring or downtime associated with surgical options.
When surgery is indicated, Dr. Lehman can refer to one of several excellent surgical colleagues. Contact Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Christie Lehman at our facility in Asheville, NC.