Carpal Tunnel Syndrome : Information
|Introduction : Carpal Tunnel Syndrome|
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a relatively common condition that causes pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers. The sensations develop gradually and then worsens during the night. They tend to affect the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger. It is generally caused by pressure on the median nerve in wrist.
|Symptoms : Carpal Tunnel Syndrome|
The three main symptoms are:
These symptoms are generally seen in the thumb, index finger, the middle finger and half of the ring finger.
Other symptoms include:
|Causes : Carpal Tunnel Syndrome|
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are caused by compression or pressure of the median nerve at the wrist.
|Diagnosis : Carpal Tunnel Syndrome|
Physical tests: Flexing the wrist for a minute or holding it elevated above the head for a minute are other commonly performed simple tests for CTS, and should stimulate the same pain, numbness or tingling in hand if you have the condition.
Electromyography (EMG): It provides useful information about how muscles respond when a nerve is stimulated, indicating any nerve damage.
|Management : Carpal Tunnel Syndrome|
Wrist Splints: A wrist splint is generally worn at night to support the wrist and keep it in the same position. The splint prevents the wrist from bending, which can place pressure on the median nerve and aggravate symptoms.
Corticosteroids: Steroids as strong chemicals help in reduction of inflammation.
Surgery: Surgery for CTS is known as carpal tunnel decompression or carpal tunnel release surgery. It is generally performed if the condition is persistent for 6 months. During surgery the roof of the carpal tunnel, known as the carpal ligament, is cut to reduce pressure on median nerve in the wrist.
|Prevention : Carpal Tunnel Syndrome|
Steps to prevent CTS are:
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