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Is there any treatment besides surgery?





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Since about a year ago, the numbness in my right little finger and ring finger makes it difficult for me to use chopsticks. In my profession, I use my right hand a lot. A doctor in the department of orthopedics said that the nerves are suppressed and that surgery is needed. Taking days off for surgery would be burdensome. Is there any treatment besides surgery?


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The finger numbness may be caused by three diseases. They are cervical disc herniation, thoracic outlet syndrome which is often called the computer mouse syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome. 

The thoracic outlet syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome cause finger numbness, because nerves are suppressed by swollen muscles due to sore muscles or inflammation or by thickened ligaments.

However, the case of surgery is extremely rare. In most cases, physical therapy for loosening the muscles and inflammation treatment are effective in improving the symptoms.  

The exact cause of the patient's symptoms is not known until the exam. But if the orthopedist recommended that you receive surgery, cervical disc herniation is suspected. In the case of suppressed nerves that are linked to fingers due to cervical disc herniation, the symptoms of finger numbness without other symptoms may occur. Therefore, it is recommended that you find out if there is abnormality in the cervical bone through MRI and determine if the finger numbness is caused by the cervical disc herniation or the function of arm and then decide whether to receive the surgery. 

Even if you are diagnosed with the cervical disc herniation after the tests, you don't need to worry about it. More than 95% of patients with cervical disc herniation can be restored to the condition that will not interfere with daily life using non-surgical physical therapy and injection therapy. We recommend you visit our hospital for an accurate diagnosis