Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the disease in which
Median nerve is pressed down.
- Median nerve wrapped with tenosynovium(it is the bursa that surrounds
the tendon and it is filled with synovial fluid. Thus, it is easy to exercise
the muscle) passes through the center of carpal. When the median nerve
is pressed by inflammation of tenosynovium, fracture of forearm,
sprains of wrist or dislocation, this disease occurs.
- The most common causes of tenosynovium include inflammation repetitive
hand or wrist movement. Hypothyroidism, pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis,
gout, diabetes and the menopause may act as risk factors.
- Main symptom of Carpal tunnel syndrome is the pain on hand.
- In addition, there is tingling or numbness of the hands, burning sensation, and pain spreading from wrist to forearm,
shoulder, neck and chest.
- The pain may get worse by the day-to-day activities and it gets even worse especially at night.
- In rare cases, strength of thumb or finger of affected hand becomes weak and it may be permanently paralyzed
if it gets very severe.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome can be cured.
- Discomfort is reduced by shaking hands or swing arms.
- If splint is put on a sore wrist, the pain is relieved.
- In particular, when you work at the computer, desk, keyboard and chair should be in the proper height and you should
take a break once an hour.
- You can use anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
- A main doctor injects corticosteroids on area of tenosynovium on wrist.
- If above non-surgical therapies are performed but failed, surgery will be conducted.
All symptoms are removed in more than 90%. In order to recover, 2~3 weeks are required.