Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition causing pain and sometimes weakness at the wrist.

 

median nerveIt is due to pressure on a nerve, called the median nerve that passes through the wrist into the hand.

 

Small bones called carpal bones form an arch in the wrist. The arch is made into a tunnel by ligament called the flexor retinaculum.

 

If pressure increases in the tunnel, (fluid congestion), the median nerve can become compressed and cause CTS.

 

Typical symptoms of CTS are tingling, numbness or pain in the thumb, index and middle fingers. The inner side of the ring finger can sometimes be affected as well.

 

It will often be worse at night at night.

 

The pain can travel into the forearm, elbow, upper arm and shoulder.

 

Gripping and thumb movements may weaken.

 

Orthodox medical treatments include anti-inflammatory drugs, local steroid injections and surgical release of the nerve by cutting the ligament.

 

If you prefer to try less invasive treatment first Osteopathy treats CTS by clearing carpal tunnel syndromerestrictions along the course of the median nerve from the neck and chest down the arm and into the hand.

 

This allows the body to properly drain the inflammation and congestion that is compressing the nerve and thus giving the symptoms.

 

The symptoms appear at the wrist because the carpal tunnel is the space along the course of the nerve that has the least ability to expand and so this is where the compression occurs.

 

Osteopathy’s holistic approach addresses the cause of the symptoms so that the body can return to normal function.

 

If you suffer from this condition or think you may why not contact us to discuss treatment.