Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
Which are the symptoms?
- loss of sensation;
- limitation of thumb movement.
How is it diagnosed?
Diagnosis is based on assessment of symptoms and clinical signs on examination, and is supported and confirmed by the results of electromyography, a simple study that measures nerve function.
How is it treated?
In less advanced cases, conservative treatment based on rest, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and the use of fixators may be attempted.
In other cases, or if conservative treatment is ineffective, surgical intervention can correct the impairment in the vast majority of cases.
The surgery is performed by hand surgeons under local anesthesia, without the need for hospitalization, using minimally invasive techniques that allow almost immediate restoration of hand function.
The procedure is usually performed in a day hospital, and does not require hospitalization.
After the intervention, it is necessary to follow a rehabilitation program under the supervision of a hand therapist.