Carpal tunnel syndrome
Are you experiencing numbness or tingling in your hand and fingers? Does your hand ache, or is it painful? Is it worst at night, or does it wake you up?
Does your hand feel weak, or are you having difficulties performing certain tasks i.e. opening a jar?
In carpal tunnel syndrome, the median nerve is compressed at the level of the hand or wrist. It is the most commonly diagnosed site of nerve compression in the upper extremity. It has been associated with conditions such as diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, excessive alcohol use and obesity.
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome include non-surgical and/or surgical measures.
Have you noticed nodules, bands or thickening in your palm and fingers? Are your fingers getting progressively flexed such that you are having difficulties shaking hands, washing your face or putting your hands in the pocket? Do you recall an elderly relative who had a similar problem?
Dupuytren's disease is named after Baron Guillaume Dupuytren, who was actually not the first to describe this condition but performed surgical demonstration of contracture release for an audience of medical students.
This condition is particularly common amongst Northern Europeans. it is thought to be genetically inherited, and a theory exists that it is linked to Viking migrations of 9th to 13th centuries and that it existed in Europe before then. It has also been associated with diabetes, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, trauma or particular epilepsy medications.
Non-surgical and surgical measures exist.
Have you had a sporting injury such as a fracture? Do you have a swollen and painful hand or finger after playing basketball, netball or cricket? Ten percent of all fractures that occur in the human body involve the metacarpals or phalanges in the hand.
Have you had a mishap at the workplace? Do you have a bleeding forearm laceration or cut tendon? Your fingertip has been crushed by a steel beam or palette?
Have you had an accident with the kitchen knife or slicer in the kitchen?
Or are you a devastated parent with a toddler or child who has injured his or her hand?
We can help.