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Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition affecting the hand

It often causes numbness and tingling of the hand and fingers, but may also cause pain in the hand and forearm. Digits usually affected are the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. Symptoms are variable but may wake you from sleep, or be brought on by common activities like driving or prolonged use of a computer mouse.

It is caused by pressure on the Median nerve in the wrist. The reasons for it developing are multiple, but may be more common in people suffering with thyroid problems, Rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes.

Successful treatment first requires the correct diagnosis and exclusion of other conditions that may be causing the symptoms. This may require further investigations before treatment is recommended.

Depending on the severity of the Median nerve compression, carpal tunnel syndrome may be treated non-operatively. However, surgery is often required.


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