This numbness in my hand is debilitating…

handExperiencing altered sensation in the hand can, at the beginning, be irritating. However, patients presenting at Mr Sudip Ghosh’s Milton Keynes hand surgery clinic have usually moved beyond feeling annoyed: the symptoms can range from mild pins and needles to debilitating numbness resulting in clumsiness, and on to excruciating pain. What are their treatment options?

What is causing the numbness?

To allow us to be so dextrous, the anatomy of the hand and arm is an intricate web of nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones. Pressure on a nerve somewhere along the way can result in pain in the hand.

The little finger and half of the ring finger are served by the ulnar nerve that runs down from the shoulder. If you are experiencing a loss of sensation or pain in these fingers, there may be compression of the ulnar nerve as it runs through the cubital tunnel at the elbow, or as it passes through the uyon’s canal in the wrist.

The remaining fingers are served by the median nerve which runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist; if the pain or numbness is in these fingers, the cause may be pressure being exerted on the median nerve by a tendon as it runs through the carpal tunnel – a relatively common condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.

What can be done to improve the function of my hand?

The first step is a consultation with experienced hand surgeon Mr Sudip Ghosh. Mr Ghosh will examine your hand and arm to diagnose the condition and, depending on its severity, advise you on the most appropriate treatment. Not all cases will require hand surgery but the full range of treatments are available at Mr Ghosh’s Milton Keynes clinic.

Mr Ghosh has performed many ulnar nerve decompression and Guyon’s canal decompression procedures and successfully treated patients with widely varying degrees of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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