Carpal tunnel syndrome
With carpal tunnel syndrome, it is common to experience numbness or tingling in the affected hand and/or fingers, or to have pain. Is it common to experience symptoms at night. The hand may feel weak, leading to difficulties performing certain tasks i.e. opening a jar.
It is the most commonly diagnosed site of nerve compression in the upper extremity. The median nerve is compressed at the level of the hand or wrist. 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.
Dupuytren's disease leads to nodules, bands or thickening in the palm and/or fingers. Fingers get progressively flexed, leading to difficulties shaking hands, washing the face or putting the hand in the pocket.
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.
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.
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?
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