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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Kent Chou, MD, practices at Banner Estrella Medical Center.

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Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to
provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Banner Health ©

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:    Banner Health Presents: Ask The Expert 
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Image: Kent Chou, MD, speaks on-camera throughout video.

Orthopedic Surgeon, Banner Estrella Medical Center

Audio:  “I’m Dr. Kent Chou, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the hand, wrist, and elbow.” 

Text: CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME , Common Condition, Affecting up to 10% of the population, Increased pressure on the median nerve

Audio:  “Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common condition, affecting up to 10-percent of the population, and is caused by increased pressure on the median nerve in the wrist.”

Text: Wrist pain, Numbness or tingling of the fingers – especially at night

Image: X-ray of side of hand

Audio:  “Symptoms may include wrist pain and numbness or tingling of the fingers, especially at night.”

Image: X-ray of hand on computer mouse

Text: Daytime symptoms may be associated with activities such as:

Audio:  “Daytime symptoms may be associated with activities requiring prolonged gripping…”

Text: Driving, Holding a newspaper, Using a hair dryer

Audio:  “…such as driving, holding a newspaper, or using a hair dryer.”

Text: Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Thyroid conditions

Audio:  “Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common in people who have diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or thyroid conditions.”

Text: Non-Surgical and Surgical treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Image:  X-ray of hand – top view

Audio:  “There are both non-surgical and surgical treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome.”

Text: Non-Surgical, Wrist splinting, Anti-inflammatory meds, Steroids or Cortisone, Injections

Audio:  “Non-surgical treatment options include wrist splinting, anti-inflammatory medication, and steroid or cortisone injections.”

Text: Surgical, Carpal Tunnel Release

Audio:  “The surgical procedure for carpal tunnel syndrome is called carpal tunnel release. This involves cutting a tight band of tissue, called the transverse carpal ligament, which overlies the median nerve.”


Audio:  “The procedure can be performed in several different ways. Less invasive techniques…”

Text: CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME, Mini Open & Endoscopic techniques, Less pain, Quicker recovery

Audio:  “…such as the mini-open and endoscopic techniques, generally result in less pain and quicker recovery. The results of carpal tunnel release, however, are typically excellent regardless of the specific technique used.”

Text: CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE, Generally cures CTS

Audio:  “Carpal tunnel release generally cures carpal tunnel syndrome although a small number of patients may experience recurrent symptoms later in life. Most people who undergo carpal tunnel release are able to return to work…”

Text: CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE, Several days to weeks

Audio:  “…within several days to weeks, depending on the nature of their jobs. If you think that you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, talk to your doctor.”

Text:      For more health information from Banner Health experts
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Page Last Modified: 02/22/2010
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