Conditions

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME HEALTH CENTRE

It is a hand and arm condition that causes pain, numbness, tingling in the hands and fingers especially thumb, index, middle or Ring finger. This sensation often occurs while holding a steering wheel, phone or newspaper. Weakness may increase with the tendency to drop objects. The condition occurs when the Median nerve, a major nerve to the hand is squeezed as it travels through the wrist. Causes: It includes repetitive hand and wrist movements over a prolonged period of time that may aggravate tendons in the wrist that case swelling and puts pressure on the nerve. Other causes include diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis. Up to 50% of pregnant women develop this and it gets better within three months of baby birth. Signs and symptoms: • Pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in the fingers and hands • Mostly occurs in the thumb, index, middle finger and half of ring finger. • Symptoms are more at night Diagnosis: • Physical evaluation by the doctor • Electrophysiological tests which include nerve conduction studies • EMG, Ultrasound, X-rays, MRI scans Treatment: • Stop activities that cause pain, Rest the Wrist longer between activities • Icing of the wrist for 10-15 mins once or twice every hour • Medication • Wrist Splint at night • Surgery is an option only when other treatments fail

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME HEALTH CENTRE