The reason for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the pressure on Carpal Tunnel median nerve. The median nerve of the hands starts from the length of the arm and by traveling through the wrist, it ends in the hand. The nerve controls the movement of the whole hand and fingers except the small finger. A specific movement of the hands or fingers can cause this issue. There are some specific medical conditions which can work as a trigger for this syndrome including obesity, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and rheumatoid arthritis. This disease does not get cured without proper treatment. The pain may stop for a small amount of time but surely it will be back. The only long term solution for this problem is the proper treatment. The itching in the palm is the symptom which gets prominent in the very early start of the disease and with time the problem starts getting worse. The numbness does not stick to the hand, in fact, it moves towards shoulder as well. The syndrome reduces the gripping strength of the hand when it gets worse and it also weakens the movements of the hand by slowing the impulse of the nerves. The most dangerous cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is cyst and tumor of the canal. Women are more prone to this disease mainly because their Carpal Tunnel is already smaller in size in comparison of men.
The diagnostic procedure of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
There are basic routine laboratory tests which help in diagnosing the syndrome which include x-rays for fractures, arthritis. CT scans are also helping in detecting the syndrome. There are some other tests which called tinel test and wrist-flexion test. In the tinel test, the person doctor presses the median nerve of the patient. If the patient feels tingling in hand or fingers, it points out towards the syndrome. In the wrist –flexion, the doctor make the patient bend their fingers towards the back of the hand as much as possible which trigs the symptoms of the disease. One of the most advanced procedures to diagnose the syndrome is electromyography. The change in the size of the nerve also causes the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and the change in the size can be diagnosed with the help of ultrasound.
Effective surgical and non-surgical treatments
The very basic treatment which doctors prescribe on the initial stage of the disease is the use of a splint. Most doctors suggest wearing the splint at night. There is medication which helps in controlling the pain as well as reducing the swelling. There are injections which doctors prescribe to be injected on the nerve to control the pain and swelling. There is open release surgery for the syndrome as well as there are endoscopic surgeries. In open surgery, doctors increase the size of the carpal tunnel by creating an incision at least two inches which go towards the wrist. On the other hand, during the endoscopic surgeries, doctors form incisions small in size in the palm as well as in the wrist.
The medication which doctors prescribe for the disease does not provide long term relief from the pain. The surgeries are risky as well are too much time-consuming. After the surgery, it takes a lot of time to the patient to get back to normalcy. However, you have got the best treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the form of stem cell therapy and PRP treatments. Both of these treatments are less risky and time-consuming as compare to other surgical treatments and also provide long-lasting results and active and healthy life to the patient.
If you think that your hands or fingers are showing any symptom of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome it is good to make a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible. MD Zaki Anwar and his team are ready to help you. To get free consultancy book an appointment by calling on 815-412-6174.