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About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

People with carpal tunnel syndrome tend to seek care when they are waking at night with numbness. At times, the numbness can be so intense that it is uncomfortable. A wrist splint can help you sleep for a while, however, over time the numbness can become constant and permanent. To avoid nerve damage, at some point you may need surgery.

At UT Health Austin, our carpal tunnel surgeons understand that sleeping well and having good sensation in your fingers is important for your normal lifestyle. We will work with you to customize a treatment plan. Our team of experts are here to help you every step of the way.

Quick Facts:

  • CTS is pressure on the median nerve as it passes through a tunnel in your wrist
  • People that get CTS are born with a narrower tunnel.
  • CTS causes numbness and tingling in your hands.
  • A wrist brace can help you sleep.
  • Surgery is eventually needed to avoid nerve damage.

Carpal Tunnel Treatment at UT Health Austin

Your clinician will confirm whether carpal tunnel syndrome is the correct diagnosis. A night splint might be all you need to help the numbness for a while. If you are waking up with numbness even when you wear a splint or the numbness is starting to linger, it’s time to plan surgery. Your care team will work with you to understand the risks and benefits of surgery as well as what to expect for the procedure and the recovery process.

Surgery immediately eliminates most of the numbness that comes and goes. You can use your hand immediately for everything except lifting heavy things. Scar tenderness improves for 6 to 12 months.

If you have numbness all the time, surgery can keep the problem from getting worse. After surgery, people with constant numbness may feel more numbness initially. This will take weeks to months to improve, and it may not completely go away.

About the Musculoskeletal Institute

The Musculoskeletal Institute at UT Health Austin works to improve the overall health of every patient. Whether you are suffering from chronic joint pain or an injury, our doctor-led care teams work to find treatment goals to fit your lifestyle. We understand that improving your quality of life is important to you, which is why our team will work with you to personalize your treatment plan. For some patients, your goal may be to set a personal record when you run your next marathon. For others, it may be to comfortably play with your grandkids at the park. Whatever your goals, we’ll work with you to achieve them.