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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Recognising the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tingly Fingers – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If your hands are tingling, numb, or aching, carpal tunnel syndrome might be the culprit. It’s a very common issue, but it doesn’t have to slow you down. I specialise in carpal tunnel treatment, including an ultra-minimally invasive technique using ultrasound guidance. This means faster recovery, and as the only surgeon in the UK offering it, I’m here to help you get back to your life.

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Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when a key nerve in your wrist is squeezed, causing bothersome hand symptoms. It’s one of the most common hand conditions, and thankfully, effective treatment options exist. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Symptoms: Numbness, tingling, pain in the hand (especially at night) that can disrupt sleep and daily activities.

  • Causes: Often a combination of factors, including overuse, health conditions, and wrist anatomy.
  • Treatment: Ranges from non-surgical options to minimally invasive techniques – I offer ultrasound-guided releases!

I understand how frustrating carpal tunnel syndrome can be. Let’s work together to relieve your symptoms and get you back to doing what you love.

Carpal Tunnel FAQs

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms can vary among individuals, but frequently reported sensations are:

  • Pain radiating along the fingers, hand, wrist, and forearm, commonly characterised as “electric” or “shooting,” particularly on the side of the hand nearest the thumb and index finger.
  • A tingling or numb feeling in the fingers, often described as a “buzzing” sensation.
  • Difficulty in grasping, pinching, or maintaining grip on items due to weakness.
  • Disrupted sleep due to discomfort and other related sensations.

There often isn’t just one clear cause. Sometimes, the tunnel might naturally be smaller, or swelling from another condition can put pressure on the nerve. Repetitive hand movements, certain health conditions, and even pregnancy can be contributing factors.

Think tingling, numbness, a feeling like pins and needles, or even a burning sensation in your thumb, index, middle, and part of your ring finger. Weakness in your hand, especially making a fist, is also common. Most often these symptoms are worse at night.

In mild cases, especially if there’s a clear cause we can address (like how you position your wrists when typing), symptoms sometimes improve on their own. However, if it’s causing significant discomfort, tingling, or impacting your daily life, don’t wait for it to magically disappear – early treatment usually gives the best results.

Specific stretches and exercises can help reduce pressure on the nerve and improve your symptoms. It’s best to learn the correct ways to do them from a physical or occupational therapist who understands carpal tunnel.

 Often called a wrist brace, a splint keeps your wrist in a neutral position to prevent it from bending while you sleep, which can put extra pressure on the nerve. They often make a big difference in easing those nighttime symptoms.

Sometimes a steroid injection right into the carpal tunnel is extremely effective in reducing inflammation, relieving pressure on the nerve, and bringing you much-needed relief.

 If other treatments don’t help enough, a minor surgery can widen the carpal tunnel. The goal is to give that nerve more room so it stops being pinched. Don’t worry, surgeons who specialize in this do it frequently and successfully.

Most people heal quickly after surgery and experience significant improvement in their symptoms. You’ll be guided through hand exercises to optimize your hand function.

Yes, it absolutely can. Sometimes it might show up in one hand first, or be worse on one side than the other.

It can be tricky to tell the difference, as both can lead to pain, stiffness, and weakness in your hands. By telling your doctor specifically where you feel the discomfort and when it flares up, they can determine the right diagnosis.

People with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. While managing both conditions is more complex, we’ll work to control your diabetes and find effective solutions for your symptoms.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common in women, though it can happen to anyone. People whose jobs involve repetitive hand motions, have certain medical conditions, or are going through pregnancy might be at an increased risk.

Your primary care doctor can give you an initial diagnosis and guide your treatment. It’s common to be referred to a hand surgeon, orthopedic specialist, or neurologist specializing in nerve conditions for further evaluation and care.

Your doctor will know qualified hand specialists nearby. It’s important to be treated by someone who understands this condition well, as you have options ranging from simple adjustments at home to special therapies and potential surgery. Let’s collaborate to relieve your symptoms.

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