Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common and often misunderstood condition that affects millions of people each year. Understanding what it is and the symptoms to watch out for can help you deal with its challenges and find the best ways to treat it.
In this blog, you’ll discover what CTS is, how it happens, its symptoms, and the best treatment options currently available.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist.
The carpal tunnel, a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand, houses the median nerve and tendons. When this tunnel becomes narrowed, or when the tissues surrounding the flexor tendons swell, it leads to increased pressure on the median nerve, causing the symptoms of CTS.
The characteristics of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Many patients mistakenly think they have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as they don’t fully understand the symptoms. The key characteristics of CTS include:
- Numbness and tingling
- Symptoms worsen at night
- It isn’t usually painful
- It is often caused by other heath conditions
One of the key characteristics of CTS is numbness and tingling, especially in the thumb, index, and middle fingers. Unlike other hand-related conditions, CTS isn’t typically painful, but it can lead to discomfort. This sensation can worsen at night and may radiate towards the elbow and shoulder, causing discomfort there too.
Often, it is caused by other health conditions, including thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. These conditions can lead to changes in the tissues or the nerves within the carpal tunnel, contributing to the development of CTS.
Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Treatment for CTS varies depending on the severity and the underlying cause. Common treatments include wrist splinting, especially at night, to relieve the symptoms. Cortisone injections are also effective in some cases, particularly in the early stages of CTS, or in mild cases such as those related to pregnancy.
These treatments aim to reduce the inflammation and pressure in the carpal tunnel, providing relief from the symptoms. Oral anti-inflammatory medications can also be helpful, particularly for night-time symptoms.
In recent years, MBST has become a highly effective treatment option for CTS. This non-invasive approach uses magnetic resonance technology to potentially stimulate the regeneration of damaged tissues in the carpal tunnel.
The treatment aims to reduce symptoms and improve the function of the hand and wrist by addressing the underlying causes of the syndrome. However, like all treatments, the suitability and effectiveness of MBST depends on individual factors and should be discussed during an assessment.
Schedule an appointment with MBST London to discuss whether MBST could be the right treatment approach for you.