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What is carpal tunnel syndrome? 

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also known as median nerve compression, is a condition affecting the hand, which causes tingling, numbness or weakness in the hand or wrist. The median nerve is located on the palm side of your hand which is also known as the carpal tunnel. The median nerve is responsible for providing sensation to the thumb, the index finger, and parts of the ring finger. The nerve is responsible for the muscle going to the thumb. Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur in any or both of your hands.



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  • Fractures or trauma to the wrist
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fluid retention from pregnancy or menopause


  • Numbness, tingling, and pain in your thumb and the first three fingers of your hand
  • Pain and burning that travels up your arm
  • Weakness in the muscles of the hand
  • Wrist pain at night that interferes with sleep


Physical examination for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

How does the Orthopedic doctor diagnose Carpal tunnel?

A doctor can diagnose a carpal tunnel syndrome by doing a physical examination and tests called nerve conduction studies. The physical examination may include a thorough evaluation of your hand, shoulder, wrist, neck or any other parts that can cause pressure in the nerve. The doctor may also check if there is any tenderness or swelling in the wrist. The doctor may further check the sensation of the fingers and the strength of the muscles in your hand.

How is Carpal Tunnel Release performed?

To relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, the doctor conducts a surgery called Carpal Tunnel Release surgery. During a carpal tunnel release or surgery, the surgeon cuts through the ligament that is pressing down on the carpal tunnel. This makes more room for the median nerve and tendons passing through the tunnel, and usually improves pain and function.

In our Doctor’s Words

Dr. Ashish Taneja

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics

17 Years Experience Overall

In our Doctor’s Words

The prevalence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is 2.7% to 5.8% in general population. In Inida alone, there are several people suffering from Carpel Tunnel Syndrome and most of them kleep delaying their treatment because of some misconceptions. But the truth is, most of the cases can be treated with the help of medications, surgery and physiotherapy. But, since patients do not approach us on time, the delay severs the condition and makes difficulty to treat. See, the symptoms usually begin through an abnormal pain or swelling around your wrist. If you are experiencing any, do not wait for it to get worse/ self diagnose. See a specialist as soon as possible., because they are the one who can really treat or cure your condition.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Meet with the best doctors of carpal tunnel syndrome treatment in Delhi.

The utility and functional abilities of the hands, make them one of the most important parts of our body. They are highly useful in the sense that they help us interact with the surrounding environment, and that is possibly why our hands are sometimes prone to disorders or injuries. One of the most commonly seen issues in hands is carpal tunnel syndrome. Because of their complicated anatomy and structure, it is best to seek immediate treatment before the condition worsens. Pristyn Care has some of the most skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeons, who would be happy to discuss your concerns and make a proper diagnosis. The expert team of doctors here is trained in modern and advanced orthopedic surgeries and can offer you the best treatment alternatives according to your condition. Book an appointment with Pristyn Care today to know more about carpal tunnel syndrome and its treatment alternates.

What are the best treatment options available for carpal tunnel syndrome in Delhi?

To choose the best treatment alternate, a physical evaluation of the hand is done, and a customized treatment plan is formulated. The treatment is usually begun with non-surgical non-invasive methods, which may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroidal injections, wrist braces or wrist splints, ice packs, and physiotherapy. But such alternates often fail to address the underlying cause, and the symptoms may reappear after a while. Also, if the diagnosis is made at a later stage, such methods will not prove to be effective. Then, the most appropriate treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is carpal tunnel release surgery.

Carpal tunnel release surgery is a minimally invasive surgical method that aims to decompress the nerves that had been compressed in the carpal tunnel. The surgery is highly effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome as it addresses the underlying issue, hence, eliminating all symptoms.

How is carpal tunnel release surgery performed?

The surgery is minimally invasive and aims to release the pressure on the median nerve. The surgery makes use of an endoscope, which involves a flexible, thin tube that has a camera attached at its end. A small incision is made on the risk and the endoscope is inserted through it. This helps the surgeon to visualize the internal structure without a large incision. When the ligament is located, a tiny cutting tool is inserted to release the ligament. This, in turn, releases the pressure on the median nerve and eliminates the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Post-operative care and rehabilitation

After carpal tunnel surgery, most patients are discharged on the same day. At the time of discharge, patients are given some instructions for rehabilitation and post-operative care. The instructions may include the following.

  • Use of a splint for a few weeks.
  • Elevation of hand and use of ice packs to reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Regular cleaning of the surgical incision.
  • Practice a healthy diet to help the healing process along.
  • Physiotherapy for restoration of normal function.

Are there any risks and complications related to carpal tunnel syndrome surgery?

Most patients don’t experience any complications and risks after a carpal tunnel release surgery. However, just like any other surgical procedure, the possibility of complications is not inevitable.

Some specific risks associated with carpal tunnel release surgery are as follows.

  • Development of infection.
  • Prolonged pain in the wrist.
  • Stiffness and loss of function of the wrist and hand.
  • Numbness in the thumb, middle, and index finger.
  • Tenderness of the surgical scar.

As said, in most cases, no such complications are seen. But every patient has a different situation. Discuss the risks associated with carpal tunnel release surgery in your particular situation with your orthopedic surgeon in precise detail before deciding on the surgery.

Book an appointment with the best orthopedic doctors for carpal tunnel syndrome treatment in Delhi

If you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned and have carpal tunnel syndrome, make an appointment today with Pristyn Care and consult with the orthopedic doctors in Delhi. Pristyn care has a certified team of doctors, surgeons, and specialists of several fields, and will provide the best guidance and treatment alternates to you.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery

The surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is known as carpal tunnel release. A carpal tunnel release surgery can be performed under two different techniques. Both aim at relieving the pressure on the median nerve by increasing the size of the carpal tunnel, by severing the ligament that forms the roof of the tunnel. The two techniques of carpal tunnel release surgery are:

  • Open carpal tunnel release surgery: A small incision is made in the palm of your hand to view the inside of the wrist. During the procedure, your doctor will cut the transverse carpal ligament to increase the size of the tunnel and relieve the pressure on the median nerve.
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery: Endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery involves a smaller insertion and uses a miniature camera to see the inside of the hand and wrist. A special instrument is used to sever a part of the carpal ligament which reduces the pressure on the median nerve.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery- Endoscopic vs Open Surgery

  • Incision size- Size of open carpal tunnel surgery incision is usually 3 to 4 cm.
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel incision size is approximately 1 cm, which is much smaller.
  • Blood loss- Due to the smaller incisions, there is minimal blood loss in case of endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery.
  • Recovery Period- Recovery period after endoscopic carpal tunnel release is much smaller as compared to open surgery.
  • Risks and complications- Risk of infection, complications, hand pain and scar tenderness is higher following an open surgery as compared to endoscopic surgery.

How is endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery performed?

Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery is performed in the hospital under the influence of anesthesia. An endoscope is inserted through one incision. The endoscope has a camera on its end, which allows the doctor to look for any pathology or anomaly. The endoscope presents an image on the television screen that allows the surgeon to see the inside of the hand or wrist directly.

The orthopedic surgeon may insert surgical instruments through the second incision to cut the transverse carpal ligament and thus releasing the pressure on the median nerve by expanding the carpal tunnel. After the ligament is cut, the incisions are closed by dissolvable sutures. Endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery is much less traumatic to the joint, muscles ligaments, and tissues than the conventional carpal tunnel surgery that is performed with long incisions.

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