Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition brought on by increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. When the swelling from this increased pressure becomes great enough to disturb the way the nerve works, numbness, tingling, and pain may be felt in the arm, hand, and fingers. Symptoms are usually felt during the night but also may be noticed during daily activities such a driving or reading a newspaper.
If you suspect that you suffer from CTS, a personal consultation with a Face & Body surgeon should be your first step. Your doctor will take a detailed medical history, including medical conditions, how the hands have been used, and whether there were any prior injuries. Thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes can be associated with CTS.
Symptoms can often be relieved without surgery through wrist splints and steroid injections. If symptoms persist, surgery may be needed to make more room for the nerve. Following surgery, soreness around the incision may last for several weeks, and it can take several months for strength in the hand and wrist to return to normal. Your physician will consult with you to determine the best course of treatment for your CTS.
To learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), continue here to visit the American Society for Surgeries of the Hand’s Resource Center.
Common masses or lumps that grow in the hand or wrist are called ganglion cysts. These may be found on top of the wrist, palm side of the wrist, base of the finger, or the end of the finger joint. While no specific cause has been identified, these are still painful and may change in size or disappear. They are not, however, cancerous. The diagnosis made is based on location, size and appearance.
Treatment may vary from simply observing the cyst for changes, to removing fluid from it with a needle. You may be required to wear a splint for a period of time, or surgery may be required to remove the cyst. The primary goal of surgery is to remove the source of the cyst. This may include removal of the joint capsule or tendon sheath next to the cyst. There may be swelling and discomfort, and a splint may also be applied following surgery. Cysts may return at later dates.