Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
I think I have carpal tunnel syndrome – what should I do?
The first step is to confirm a diagnosis. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression or irritation of a nerve that can cause pain, numbness, weakness or pins and needles. It can be confirmed by examination in the clinic or specialized nerve tests.
What is the treatment?
There are many treatments available and a precise treatment plan can be tailored around you. Options include splints and supports, injections or surgery, all of which can be effective under the right circumstances. Surgery can be done under local anaesthetic and has excellent outcomes.
Cubital tunnel Syndrome
What is this? Is it different to carpal tunnel syndrome?
Cubital tunnel syndrome is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome but affects a different nerve at a different location. In cubital tunnel syndrome, the ulnar nerve is compressed or irritated on the inside of the elbow. Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the median nerve in the hand and wrist. They have similar symptoms and can both occur simultaneously.
How is it treated?
The first step is careful assessment and examination in the clinic. Specialised nerve tests can be helpful to confirm the diagnosis. Surgery to release the nerve is often helpful and has high success rates.
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