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Treating Carpal Tunnel

13/08/2014

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can often occur because of work repetition, exercise repetition or in rarer cases due to compression related trauma, pregnancy, thyroid disease or arthritis.

The name Carpal Tunnel refers to the region located in the palm of the hand between the carpal bones and the flexor carpi. This tunnel contains nine flexor tendons and a median nerve.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can happen when the synovial tissue surrounding the tendon becomes thickened, resulting in space being reduced so the median nerve gets compressed.

Symptoms include tingling and numbness in the thumb, index and middle fingers. This pain can travel up the forearm resulting in some patients having difficulty holding objects or opening doors.

Depending on the severity, treatment will vary from patient to patient.

Medical treatment consists of the patient wearing a wrist splint containing an analgesic every night to ease the pain.

However in severe cases France Surgery recommend surgery to eliminate the pain and ultimately cure the condition. This simple procedure consists of cutting the annular ligament to decrease the pressure inside the tunnel, and is normally treated on an out-patient basis.

If you’re suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, contact France Surgery today and get one step closer to living pain-free.
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