Carpal tunnel syndrome

Touching, gripping or holding - the hands carry out a wide variety of tasks and are regarded as the most important sensory organ. So when problems or injuries occur to the hand, the impact on our everyday lives is felt immediately.

Sensitivity problems in the fingers are often a result of chronic pressure on the nerves. The nerves run through narrowed areas at various points, such as at the elbow or wrist. If a ligament becomes thickened or following fractures to the wrist, narrowing of the median nerve can occur in the structure known as the carpal tunnel, which is formed from the carpus and a broad ligament. As a result, the transmission of signals via the nerve is impaired.

Symptoms

Carpal tunnel syndrome initially causes sensation disturbances such as tingling or "numbness" of the fingers, and later night pain in the hand. The further the condition progresses, the more widespread the symptoms become. In the late stages of the condition, there is often loss of power to the hand since the median nerve supplies part of the hand muscles.

Treatment

In the early stages of carpal tunnel syndrome, we try to provide relief using conservative therapies such as injections and / or splints worn at night. If the nerve currents, measured by the neurologists, demonstrate changes in the nerve structure, however, the narrowing must be resolved with a small operation.