Treatment for signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel treatment is relatively common following signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) such as tingling, numbness and pain in the hand and fingers caused by a trapped nerve in the wrist.

What are the signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The tendons you use to flex your fingers and thumbs pass through your carpal tunnel, along with the median nerve which supplies feeling and controls muscles in your hand and thumb. If this nerve comes under pressure and is compressed, it may lead to:

  • Aches or pains in your fingers, hand or arm
  • Loss of sensation (numbness) in your fingers and hand, which may cause poor awareness of hot and cold temperatures
  • Pins and needles, burning or tingling sensations in your hand, thumb and index, middle and half of the ring fingers
  • A weak thumb or difficulty gripping
  • Stiffness and cramping in your hands first thing in the morning
  • Pain and discomfort in the palm of your hand, thumb and fingers

I have a question about carpal tunnel treatment

Am I at risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

You may be more at risk if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Are pregnant
  • Repeatedly bend your wrist or grip hard at work or during hobbies
  • Have another illness, such as arthritis or diabetes
  • Are related to someone with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Have previously injured your wrist

Your GP can usually diagnose Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by asking about your symptoms and checking your hand.

Why would I have treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome sometimes clears up by itself in a few months, particularly if you have it because you're pregnant.

If your symptoms are mild, wearing a wrist support or splint at night can often help to keep your wrist straight and relieve pressure on the nerve. A steroid injection near the carpal tunnel can also reduce your numbness or pain.

If your symptoms are severe, or other treatments haven’t worked for you, your GP can refer you to one of our Orthopaedic specialists - or you can contact us direct. We’ll discuss your symptoms and medical history so that we can advise on the best treatment for you. Your Consultant may suggest you have carpal tunnel surgery to reduce the pain and some of the symptoms.

It’s possible to have both Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and osteoarthritis. If you think you may have either of these conditions, you should make an appointment to see your GP.

What happens before carpal tunnel treatment?

Our expert, caring team will give you instructions on how to prepare for surgery. It’s important at this stage to discuss any concerns or ask any questions you may have.

When you arrive for your appointment or treatment, you can be assured that we’ll maintain your privacy and dignity. Our team are there to ensure that your care and treatment is delivered in a safe and effective way and we’ll make sure you have transparent information on the what, who, when, and where of your procedure.

What happens during treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel treatment will help relieve your symptoms by reducing the pressure on your median nerve. A small incision is made at the front of the wrist, the ligament on top of the nerve is cut and the skin closed.

What should I expect after treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

After your carpal tunnel treatment, you’ll be given all the information you need to return home safely and in comfort. We will tell you who to contact if you have further concerns.

Once you’re home, you must keep your hand elevated for at least for two to three days. You can use your hand and finger to handle things that are light and easy, provided there’s no pain or discomfort, but do it gradually. Move all fingers, elbow and your shoulder in their full range of motion several times during the day to prevent stiffness and swelling and development of scar tissue which has attached to the tendon.

We’d recommend that you avoid using your hand and wrist for any strenuous or heavy activities for at least six weeks after surgery, until you’ve completely recovered.

You shouldn’t drive after your surgery until your hand is working properly again. It may be a good idea to wait until the wound has healed and the stitches can be removed.

How much does treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome cost?

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