Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnel is an area in the wrist where several tendons and a nerve pass through to the hand. The median nerve passes through this tunnel to provide sensation to the fingers and thumb, as well as movement to the thumb. A thick band of tissue acts as the roof to the carpal tunnel, and for various reasons the median nerve can become compressed inside the carpal tunnel. This can lead to pins-and-needles in the fingers and thumb, pain at the wrist, and weakness of the thumb. All of these symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to a loss of grip strength and hand function.
In mild cases, carpal tunnel syndrome can be managed with splints and activity modification. Occasionally a selective injection of corticosteroid can be trialled.
In severe cases or where non-operative management has been unsatisfactory for you, then Dr Yu may recommend surgery. This operation is performed with a keyhole (endoscopic) technique to release the thick roof of the carpal tunnel and relieve the pressure on the median nerve. This keyhole technique allows a quicker improvement in function and return to work.
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