What is it?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition where a nerve (median nerve) becomes compressed in your wrist. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway formed of bones and ligaments on the palm side of your hand, it contains the median nerve along with the tendons that help to flex (bend) your fingers. When swelling or the thickening of tendons develops in this region the median nerve can be compressed and symptoms can occur. The median nerve carries information from your brain to your thumb that control its movement, it also carries information back to your brain about sensation in your thumb and fingers.
- Tingling, pins and needles or numbness in the hand, in particular the thumb, index and middle fingers but pain can be felt in the whole hand
- An ache can be felt in the forearm as well as into the shoulder and neck
- An increase in symptoms can often be felt at night time and it may wake you from your sleep
- Weakness in the hand and difficulty with activities that require fine finger movements
Usually a combination of factors that combine to increase pressure on the nerve and tendons, such as:
- Repetitive use of the hand in activities such as computer work or using particular tools such as a screwdriver
- Trauma or injury to the wrist such as a sprain or fracture
- Overuse of tools that vibrate the wrist and hand such as wood sander
- Arthritis of any form in the wrist
- Fluid retention during pregnancy or due to cardiovascular problems
- A cyst or tumour in the tunnel
- Under or overactive thyroid
Cryo Air Ice Therapy focuses helping your body manage pain and promote healing through changes in the inflammatory response after injury. This system uses air cooled to -32 °C to prevent further cellular death following a traumatic injury like a sprain, strain or bruise.
Shock Wave Therapy is a non-invasive method of treatment, focussing on relieving pain caused by injury or illness especially, chronic conditions affecting elbows, feet and shoulders.
Remedial sports massage
Sports massage is a form of massage performed by a therapist specially trained in human anatomy, enabling them to manipulate soft tissue and assist in correcting problems and imbalances that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. Learn more.
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