CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME (CTS)

We are leading specialists in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

The carpal tunnel is a narrow channel in the base side of the wrist formed by the wrist bones and a ligament. Tendons run through this channel, which move fingers and the wrist and also the median nerve which controls muscles in the thumb.

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CTS arises from compression of the median nerve due to swelling around the carpal tunnel and can cause tingling, numbness and pain in your hand and fingers.

Symptoms of CTS usually include;

  • An ache or pain in your fingers, hand or arm
  • Numb hands
  • Tingling or pins and needles
  • A weak thumb or difficulty gripping

These symptoms can start slowly and come and go and are usually worse at night.

People at risk of developing CTS include;

  • Those overweight
  • Those pregnant
  • Those using hand or vibrating tools or repetitive wrist work on a daily basis
  • Those suffering from arthritis or diabetes
  • Those with close family members already suffering from CTS
  • Those who have previously injured their wrist

There are a number of tests that can be done to suggest the presence of CTS although none are conclusive of themselves.  Phalen’s Test and Tinel’s Test are two of the most popular.

Treatment for CTS can include the wearing of a wrist splint, taking painkillers, yoga, acupuncture and steroid injections.  If none of these are effective your Doctor may refer you for surgery, which is called a ‘carpal tunnel release’ or ‘median nerve release’.  You will require a local anaesthetic and a small cut is made in your hand whereby the carpal tunnel inside your wrist is cut so it no longer puts pressure on the nerve, hence the name ‘release’.  The operation takes only about 20 minutes and can normally be done as a day patient.  Surgery usually cures CTS although it may take up to a month after surgery to get back to normal activities.

CTS is a common condition in the general population with 3 in 100 men and 11 in 100 women developing the condition at some point in their lives.

If you think you may be suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) or want to discuss the potential of making a claim please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 804 8004, or send us a message using the form below.

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