If you would like to know about symptoms and diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome, and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome by means of carpal tunnel decompression, the following information will interest you.
If you are considering carpal tunnel surgery (carpal tunnel decompression) or have carpal tunnel surgery planned, it is important to know all you can about it. This includes:
what it will be like
how it will affect you
what risks are involved
The information here is a guide to common medical practice. Each hospital and doctor will have slightly different ways of doing things when performing carpal tunnel surgery, so you should follow their guidance where it is different from the information given here. Because all patients, conditions and treatments vary it cannot cover everything. Use this information when making your carpal tunnel treatment choices with your doctors. You should mention any worries you have. Remember that you can ask for more information at any time.
What is the problem?
You have a squashed or compressed nerve in your hand. This is giving you pins and needles, and possibly pain, in your fingers. This condition is called carpal tunnel syndrome. The name of the nerve involved is the median nerve. Symptoms include:
- Tingling, burning, or numbness, especially in the thumb and index or middle fingers.
- Pain or numbness that is worse with hand or finger movements, or wakes you at night.
- Hand stiffness or cramping that improves by shaking your hand.
- Weakness or clumsiness in your grip.
- Pain that moves up your arm.
If your nerve is severely squashed the muscles it controls can shrivel over time.
What is the median nerve?
The median nerve supplies sensation from the palm side of the thumb, index and middle fingers, and half of the ring finger. It also controls a muscle at the base of the thumb. The median nerve runs through a tunnel, called the carpal tunnel, in the palm of your hand; hence the name carpal tunnel decompression.