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Carpal tunnel syndrome

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a relatively common condition that causes pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers. Usually, these sensations develop gradually and start off being worse during the night. They tend to affect the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger. It is caused by compression of one of the nerves that controls sensation and movement in the hands, called the median nerve. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage in your wrist made up of small bones and a tough band of tissue, and this is where the median nerve becomes compressed for a variety of reasons.

How do we treat carpal tunnel syndrome at the Mansfield Clinic?

The first thing that needs to be established is whether there is an identifiable cause for the carpal tunnel syndrome. Very often there is not, and in these cases, treatment involves the use of a special wrist splint that is worn for a short while. 

If this is not sufficient to solve the problem, Dr Allfree may suggest a cortisone injection into the wrist.

In more severe cases, especially if the nerve is in danger of being damaged, surgery may be required, and in this case Dr Allfree will arrange for a surgical referral.

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