Expert Explains Carpal Tunnel

1 decade 9 months 4 days ago Monday, March 12 2007 Mar 12, 2007 Monday, March 12, 2007 3:54:29 PM CDT March 12, 2007 in News

Dr. Matt Anderson has been an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Missouri since June. He's an expert on relieving pressure for those with questions about carpal tunnel syndrome.

"I hope that people can come away with a basic understanding of the anatomy and causes of carpal tunnel syndrome and what kind of symptoms are related to that, so that they know when its appropirate to seek medical attention from a doctor," Anderson said.

MU Health Care's Lisa Crowley helped coordinate the event and says information like this is important to the community.

"We like to go out to the community and present our orthopedic surgeons and give them an opportunity to see what type of services we do provide," Crowley said.

Dr. Anderson hopes that having an open forum will help people better understand treatment options.

"The simplest forms of treatment are activity modification, wearing a splint at night sometimes trying an anti-inflamatory medicine, but as the severity of symptoms increases, we tend to need more things, such as injections, or sometimes surgery," Anderson explained.

Anderson says surgery has advanced enough that most people can return to work within two days.

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