Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a commonly occurring condition of the hand that can have drastic effects on a person’s quality of life as well as their ability to work. It is more common in women and in people who perform repetitive manual work. Symptoms reported by people with this condition include numbness, “pins and needles”, weakness of the hand, and pain. The underlying cause is a combination of tightening of a ligament over the wrist called the transverse carpal ligament, and narrowing of the tunnel in which the median nerve travels through. This important nerve gives feeling to parts of the hand, and controls certain muscles in the hand. When the nerve becomes compressed, it creates the symptoms of pain and paraesthesia (“pins and needles”). If this is left untreated for a prolonged period of time, blood and oxygen supply to the nerve becomes reduced, and weakness of the hand begins to ensue as muscles waste away.
A diagnosis of this condition is based upon the typical clinical history, physical examination and a nerve conduction study.
Once Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is diagnosed, the best treatment for this condition is a Carpal Tunnel Release. This operation, which can be performed under general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic, involves an incision about 3-5cm over the surface of the wrist, cutting the tight ligament, and opening up the tunnel in which the nerve travels through. The procedure is normally performed as a day case.
If you would like to see Dr Goh about your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.