Carpal tunnel syndrome(CTS) is a condition caused by entrapment of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel at the wrist. Tightening of the canal through which the median nerve travels causes pain, numbness and weakness of the grip, symptoms are aggravated with repetitive use of the hands and wrist.
CTS is diagnosed clinically and by a test known as nerve conduction study/EMG testing. Surface electrodes are used to measure the speed, amplitude and latency of the median nerve. The EMG testing involves using depth electrodes to measure the electrical activity of the muscles. Treatment includes anti-inflammatory medications, local injections, physical therapy and in severe cases surgical correction. At Carefree neurology clinic we undertake the diagnostic testing and arrange for appropriate treatment including referral to an experienced surgeon if necessary.