Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The progressively deteriorating medical condition resulting from compression of median nerve in the wrist can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The conditions associated with carpal tunnel syndrome include.

  • A feeling of numbness or tingling sensation in the fingers which excludes the little finger.
  • Pain and burning sensation in hand or wrist radiating to the arm and elbow.

Factors Responsible for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Repetitive motion of the hand and wrists
  • Fractures or sprains
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Other medical conditions like hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, obesity, gout, overactive pituitary gland, or presence of a cyst or tumor in the canal.

Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

These are the treatments recommended for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • To treat the medical conditions which are responsible for carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • The immobilization of hand and wrist using a splint or wrist brace for 4 to 6 weeks.
  • The patient may be advised to take rest for 2 weeks or more.
  • The use of ice packs on the swelled area.
  • To avoid any physical activities which might worsen the carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • The use of anti-inflammatory medicines like drugs, diuretics, and steroid infections.
  • Ask the patient to do strengthening and stretching exercises after the symptoms have diminished.

The orthopedic surgeon may suggest a surgery if the conservative treatment options fail to give results.

Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

The carpal tunnel release surgery is used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. In this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision of 2 inch in the palm and wrist area. This surgical procedure involves the use of one or two half-inch incisions and endoscope. The surgeon will dissect the transverse carpal tunnel ligament to release pressure on the median nerve.

Your orthopedic surgeon will decide which type of surgery or conservative treatment best suits your medical condition.