Cambridge Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Clinic
Our Cambridge carpal tunnel syndrome clinics are based in Waterbeach and Central Cambridge. Our Osteopath uses osteopathy and prescriptive exercise to treat and manage this condition. Treatment is conservative, uninvasive and delivered in the least painful manner where possible.
For more information on prescriptive exercise and osteopathy treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, you can read our Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Osteopathy and Prescriptive Exercise
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness, and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side of the ring fingers. Symptoms typically start gradually and during the night. Pain may extend up the arm. Weak grip strength may occur and after a long period of time the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away. In more than half of cases both sides are affected.
How Can we help?
The aim of treatment is to decompress the median nerve in the carpal tunnel which produces the the sharp pain, numbness and weakness into 2nd, 3rd and 4th digits of the hand when the nerve is compressed. Will involve treating the surrounding soft tissues and structures in the wrist.We can use Neurodynamic techniques to floss the median nerve and mobilization techniques to mobilise the carpal bones.
In some cases, you may need to get to a referral to a surgeon is required for the release of the transverse carpal ligament is known as “carpal tunnel release” surgery. It is recommended when there is static (constant, not just intermittent) numbness, muscle weakness, or atrophy, and when night-splinting or other conservative interventions no longer control intermittent symptoms
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