Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Characterised by pain, numbness or tingling in the thumb and adjacent 2 to 3 fingers. It is due to compression of the median nerve in the wrist.
Symptoms can progress over months to include weakness of the muscles of the hand.
Surgery to release the nerve in the palm allows relief of the symptoms and return of hand function.
The surgery is performed as a day case. The hand is splinted for 5 to 7 days and normal function recovers in 3 to 4 weeks.