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What is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that causes pain, numbness and tingling in the fingers and hands.
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)?
Symptoms of CTS mostly affect the thumb and the first three fingers, but can include the whole hand and spread up the forearm, or past the elbow towards the shoulder. They can include dull aching pain, burning, tingling, numbness and …
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)?
CTS is caused by compression of the median nerve as it runs through a small area of the wrist called the carpal tunnel.
Who gets carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)?
CTS is more common in people between 30 and 60 years of age, and more commonly in women. There are many factors that can increase the risk of developing CTS.
How is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) diagnosed?
In most cases, CTS is diagnosed by a doctor asking you about your symptoms and doing a few simple tests to assess the extent of the problem. In some cases extra tests such as blood tests, a nerve conduction study, electromyography, an MRI or …
How is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) treated?
In some cases of CTS, resting the affected hand may be enough to help symptoms go away. Wearing a wrist splint or taking corticosteroid injections may be recommended. If these measures are not effective, surgery may be recommended.
Can carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) be cured?
In some cases, rest or treatment may be enough for the symptoms of CTS to get better. If this is not the case, surgery can often provide a permanent cure for CTS.
Will carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) clear on its own?
In some cases rest may be enough for CTS to clear on its own. However, if symptoms continue and tend to get worse, it is important to seek treatment. Long-term CTS can cause irreversible damage to the median nerve, which may lead to …
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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 15 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Cervical radiculopathy