Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition where pressure on the median nerve at the level of the wrist causes pain, numbness and weakness of the hand, sometimes radiating into the forearm. It can be brought on by activities such as driving, but often is more noticeable at night, with the individual waking with painful numb hands.

 

Carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed by history, examination and nerve conduction studies, which help localise any nerve compression.

 

Management can include addressing any underlying medical conditions, ergonomic considerations at work, splinting, steroid injections or surgery.

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