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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

5 November 2015

The carpal tunnel syndrome is due to the pressure of the median nerve at the wrist and may be caused by repetitive micro-trauma as when using a pc or to jackhammer operators, housewives etc. Also pregnancy, menopause, contraception and diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypothyroidism and others have been associated with the onset of the syndrome.

The syndrome often occurs in women and can cause numbness in 3/1 fingers of the hand – especially the thumb and the index may be gradually worsens – or pain which may be at night while in advanced conditions weakness may occur in the hand so you can not hold things or snap buttons etc.

Syndrome diagnosis is made by history and physical examination and confirmed by neurophysiological testing. In the early stages, modification of activities, medicines, the cast and the local injection of cortisone can help. When symptoms can not be treated conservatively or when it begins to appear failure, treatment is surgery. With local anesthesia and a small incision is made release of the median nerve with immediate relief of symptoms and rapid return to everyday life.

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