Carpal Tunnel Syndrome results from pressure on the median nerve in your wrist and is characterised by tingling, numbness and weakness of your fingers and on occasion pain radiating into the forearm. Usually no obvious cause is apparent although it may be the result of weight gain, diabetes, thyroid gland disorders or trauma/injury. Untreated, you may find you get significant numbness and weakness in your hand which makes certain actions difficult and it may lead to permanent changes, unresponsive to treatment
Mr Thornton will assess you by taking a thorough clinical history and physical examination to assist diagnosis. There are a number of non-surgical treatments that will help relieve the symptoms of this condition if they are mild/transient including splintage or local steroid injection. Failure of these treatments, chronic symptoms or permanent numbness/muscle wasting, indicates the need for surgical decompression that is usually carried out as a day case under local anaesthetic.