When there is any kind of undue pressure on the Median Nerve, it leads to the Carpel Tunnel Syndrome which comes with symptoms like numbness, pain, tingling, and overall weakness of the hand. This never stretches from the forearm to the wrist and loops through a tiny gap present in the wrist. This is called the Carpel Tunnel.
HOW IS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Though, there is no consensus reference standard for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome, an orthopedic considers a combination of symptoms, clinical findings and electrophysiological testing for his diagnosis. Additionally, evolving technology has included the use of ultrasonography in the diagnosis of CTS. EMG may also be used.
HOW IS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME TREATED?
Carpal tunnel syndrome should be treated as early as possible after identifying the symptoms. The initial treatment would include applying cold packs to reduce occasional swelling. If this does not offer relief within a few weeks, additional treatment options include wrist splinting, medications and surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Those patients who undergo carpal release surgery are more likely to develop trigger thumb in the months following procedure.