If you regularly wake up at night from pain or tingling in your hand, and shaking doesn’t help anymore, chances are you have what’s called ‘Carpal Tunnel Syndrome’ (CTS). Don’t worry: the chance of sleeping through after a treatment is high.
There are two important nerves in the wrist that can cause unpleasant complaints when squeezed. Tingling and numbness in the fingers, difficulty with fine motor skills and, finally, night pain are the most common symptoms. The last complaint in particular is annoying, because people can no longer sleep well. If these complaints are transient (as is often the case during pregnancy), no definitive treatment is necessary. But in those cases where a (night) splint or an injection of anti-inflammatories does not lead to a definitive disappearance of the complaints, an intervention is most likely useful.
But first the diagnosis itself, because it is quite easy to determine. If the complaints taken earlier present themselves, a referral to the hand surgeon is appropriate. This expertise is amply available at Kliniek Voorne Putten NCPC. Through a short conversation with an additional ultrasound of the wrist(s), the diagnosis can be made and the treatment discussed in one consultation.
As mentioned, the ultrasound is made immediately during the consultation. So you don’t have to go to a hospital for it and you don’t have to make a separate appointment for it. The ultrasound will show the nerve being compressed, evidence that it is being pinched. You can watch this ultrasound in peace and you will also receive an explanation about what a CTS actually is. Possible alternatives are discussed if desired, but often surgery will provide the right solution.
As for the operation: in Kliniek Voorne Putten NCPC it is an operation under local anesthesia without bleeding, in which the stiff band that pinches the nerve is cleaved. Immediately after the procedure you can go home with a pressure bandage. In most patients, sensation will return within a few days after the procedure and the pain and tingling will disappear. The most frequently heard remark the specialists receive during the check-up after ten days: ‘I sleep normally again and have no more pain at night.’ They also often hear that the local anesthetic is not too bad and is well tolerated.
And the after-treatment is also a stroke of luck for many. The pressure bandage may be removed after two days and the hand may then be used without applying force. Of course, discomfort from the scar can still be expected for some time, but that is temporary. All in all, specialists are often told that, in hindsight, clients should have had this procedure performed much sooner.
The team of Kliniek Voorne Putten NCPC is happy to assist you!