Carpal Tunnel Syndrome happens when the nerve that crosses the front of your wrist (the median nerve) is trapped causing pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the hand and arm. The nerve passes through the carpal tunnel, a canal in the wrist that carries all the tendons of the hand. If these tendons are swollen, the nerve is squeezed and becomes trapped.
Dupuytren’s disease occurs when scar-like tissue forms just beneath the skin of the fingers and the palm of the hand. Over time this fibrous tissue can contract and force one or more fingers to permanently curl up into the palm.
The need for hand surgery can arise from a variety of problems including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel release, de quervain’s and dupuytren’s.
Your trapezium is a small bone at the base of your wrist that joins your thumb to your wrist. Wear and tear within this joint can cause pain. If conservative treatment methods are not successful your consultant may recommend a trapeziectomy.