What is carpal tunnel syndrome CTS? (carpal tunnel syndrome)
Carpal tunnel syndrome is initially caused by occasional numbness and pain in the fingers. Then the symptoms worsen and make it impossible to sleep at night. The characteristic symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include above all: persistent disorders of sensory-motor sensations in the hand within the range of innervation of the median nerve, i.e:
- pains in the hands, particularly at night
- numbness and tingling in fingers
- hand muscle cramps
- sensory disturbances in the hands
- weakening of hand strength
- swelling of the fingers, especially in the morning
- painful sensitisation of the hand
- falling objects
- muscular atrophy of the thumb knuckle.
Causes of the problem:
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. Its cause is inflammatory swelling of the nerves and surrounding tissues, as well as post-traumatic or degenerative tightening of the limited space of the carpal tunnel. It is the most common peripheral mononeuropathy affecting 6% of the female population over 40 years of age.
Only early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can guarantee a full recovery.
The diagnosis is based on the clinical signs and the data from the medical history. The ultrasound examination and EMG are of less importance, in most cases they are not needed to confirm the diagnosis.
Modern minimally invasive treatment – immediate results.
The surgical treatment of carpal tunnel is the only surest, quickest and safest way to cure the condition. The surgical treatment consists in decompressing the median nerve by cutting the only soft wall of the carpal tunnel – the transverse carpal ligament. The procedure is performed endoscopically, under local anaesthesia, which guarantees the efficiency of the hand a few days after the surgery.
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