What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
This is whereby pressure is placed upon one of the nerves in the wrist (the median nerve). The median nerve and several tendons run from your forearm to your hand through a small space in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel.
The median nerve controls movement and feeling in your thumb. Pressure to this nerve causes carpal tunnel syndrome. The pressure can come from swelling or anything that makes the carpal tunnel smaller.
Hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes can create pressure at this tunnel. Repetitive hand movements can be aggravating and pregnancy can exacerbate this.
Symptoms of this condition
Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers or hand. Some people may have pain in their arm between their hand and their elbow.
Symptoms most often occur in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. If you have problems with your other fingers but your little finger is fine, this may be a sign that you have carpal tunnel syndrome. A different nerve gives feeling to the little finger.
You may first notice symptoms at night. You may be able to get relief by shaking your hand
Treatments we provide for carpal tunnel syndrome
- Ice treatment
- Wearing a splint at night
- Where indicated non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
- Rehabilitative exercise