Sunday, 25 April 2010

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome, or median neuropathy at the wrist, is a condition where the median nerve is compressed at the wrist. This leads to paresthesias (pins & needles) and muscle weakness in the hand. Night symptoms and getting woken up is also something that from your subjective assessment would be ringing bells to test for carpel tunnel syndrome. But what are these "tests" you speak of??
The median nerve sits between flexor digitorum profundus and flexor digitorum superficialis

Phalen's Test

This position reduces the size of the carpal tunnel, so if you did

have it, the symptoms would be aggravated temporarily. A +ve

test would reproduce pain, numbness or tingling.

Tinnel's Test
Uses a tapping movements over the line of the median
nerve over the flexor retinaculum area.
You're looking for setting off the sensations of pin's and needles

1 comment:

  1. CTS is a major health issue in a workplace, especially for people who are working on a computer for more than 8 hours a day. It’s important for them to take a short break so that their body can take the time to relax. While taking a break, they can do wrists exercises to prevent CTS. Aside from that, having a good posture is important; not only does it prevent CTS; it can also prevent lower back pain.

    - Wendell Palmer