The carpal tunnel syndrome is a frequent cause of visiting different doctors of numerous specialties. The symptoms can be misleading, so a proper and effective diagnostics is important, especially as the problem is curable.
- The problem is caused by pressure and damage to the median nerve in the carpal tunnel
- It can frequently happen due to one’s job ( for example: a cashier, a hairdresser, a farmer, a person working a lot with computers) and due to diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis)
- It is the most common compression neuropathy and can apply even to one in ten persons
- Usually, it concerns middle-aged people and occurs four times more likely in women than in men.
- Numbness, tingling in the thumb, index and middle fingers
- Pain and tingling in the palm of one’s hand which quite often wake a patient at night
- Muscle weakness in one’s hand (a loss of grip strength, problems with making a fist)
- Dropping things, weakening of accuracy of hand movement
- As a result THE HAND MUSCLES ATROPHY
If the conservative treatment is not effective, the surgical treatment should be taken into consideration, which allows to avoid irreparable nerve damage if performed on time.
- It consists in decompressing the median nerve by cutting across the transverse carpal ligament
- It is performed with minimally invasive technique
- It lasts several minutes under local anesthesia and it is painless
- The result of the surgery is immediate and long-lasting
- It is highly effective and minimally invasive
IN ORDER TO BE QUALIFIED, A PATIENT SHOULD REGISTER FOR THE NEUROSURGICAL CONSULTATION followed by an NCS or an EMG test results.
NCS test stands for THE NERVE CONDUCTION STUDY – it is a medical diagnostics test that measures the ability of electrical conduction of motor and sensory nerves of human body. The test result can show if a nerve has been damaged.
EMG test stands for THE ELECTROMYOGRAPHY – it measures muscle response to nerve’s stimulation of the muscle. During the test, one or a few small needles are inserted through the skin into muscles. It helps detect neuromuscular abnormalities.