Health Connect – January Edition
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), a condition that we see commonly in the community, is due to the compression of the median nerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel at the wrist due to anatomic compression and/or inflammation (1). CTS is also associated with other risk factors like one’s comorbidities (e.g. diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease) and the environment (e.g. occupation)(2).
Patients who suffer from CTS report a variety of symptoms depending on the severity of disease. Common symptoms include, but are not limited to, pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in the outer 3.5 fingers. CTS can be diagnosed clinically but further diagnostic investigations like nerve conduction studies/electromyography and imaging are commonly performed as well.
The management of CTS is tailored to the individual. It includes medications, activity modification, wrist splinting and management of the comorbidities. Surgery is also sometimes performed for some patients. Do speak to your healthcare provider for further information regarding this.
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