Carpal tunnel syndrome can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life, affecting their ability to work and engage in everyday activities. At Novus Health, we are committed to delivering hospital-quality treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome in a more accessible, local setting, helping you regain optimal hand and wrist function quickly and conveniently.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the wrist and hand. It is caused when the nerve – which runs through the carpal tunnel – becomes compressed or squeezed. The carpal tunnel is made up of bones and ligaments which provide a pathway for tendons and nerves to pass through. When the tunnel becomes narrow, due to swelling or inflammation of the surrounding tissues, it can compress the median nerve, leading to typical carpal tunnel symptoms such as numbness, tingling, pain and weakness in the hand and wrist.
Who does carpal tunnel syndrome affect?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that can affect anyone but is more common in women and people who perform repetitive hand movements or have certain medical conditions such as diabetes or arthritis. So, if you’re sat at your desk for most of the day, typing away to your heart’s content but feeling the odd twinge along the way, you may be noticing the early warning signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. If this sounds familiar, read on.
What is the best treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome?
The best treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome will very much depend on your particular symptoms and circumstances. Treatment can include:
Non-surgical carpal tunnel treatment:
If you catch carpal tunnel syndrome early, you can often ease the symptoms without surgery. If your diagnosis is unclear or your symptoms are mild, your doctor will suggest non-surgical treatments first. These may include:
Bracing or splinting: Wear a brace or splint at night to keep your wrist straight, reducing pressure on the affected nerve. Using it during the day for certain activities can also help.
Activity changes: If your symptoms are aggravated by prolonged hand and wrist positions, changing or modifying your activities can slow down or stop the progression of the condition. This may involve adjusting your work or recreational activities.
Nerve gliding exercises: Some patients may benefit from exercises that help the affected nerve move more freely in the carpal tunnel. Your doctor or therapist may recommend specific exercises.
Steroid injections: Injecting corticosteroids into the carpal tunnel can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. While this can provide long-term relief for mild cases, the positive effects may be temporary for moderate to severe cases.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen can help relieve pain and inflammation.
Surgical carpal tunnel treatment:
If non-surgical treatment does not relieve your symptoms or provides only temporary relief, your clinician may recommend surgery. The decision is based on:
- the severity of your symptoms
- physical exam findings
- response to non-operative treatment
- results of testing
The surgery itself takes only around 20 minutes and you do not have to stay overnight. You will receive an injection that will numb your wrist or hand so you do not feel any pain. A small cut is made in your hand and the carpal tunnel inside your wrist is cut so it no longer puts pressure on the nerve. Throughout the procedure our specialist will talk with you and make you feel as comfortable as possible. It can take a month after the operation to get back to normal activities.
Whichever option your carpal tunnel specialist recommends, our team is committed to delivering exceptional outcomes, helping patients in Wakefield alleviate pain, improve hand function, and enhance their overall quality of life.
Why choose Novus Health for carpal tunnel treatment?
Novus Health’s consultants treat NHS patients throughout Wakefield. They will take the time to understand your condition and understand the impact it has on your daily activities. Whether you suffer from wrist pain, a tingling hand or numb fingers, Novus Health’s carpal tunnel experts will create a personalised treatment plan and recommend the most appropriate treatment for your carpal tunnel symptoms – either surgical or non-surgical, depending on your circumstances.
Get the best carpal tunnel treatment with Novus Health’s NHS experts
When you receive NHS treatment with Novus Health, you’ll be aware of a noticeable difference in the care you receive. As well as being treated at a convenient, local community hub near to where you live or work, you’ll notice our superior patient education and comfort. When NHS patients in Wakefield come to us with carpal tunnel symptoms, we ensure they have a clear and thorough understanding of their condition and the available treatment approaches. We do this to empower patients to take an active role in their recovery process. We’ll do our very best to answer your questions and put you at ease to ensure you are confident and reassured before any treatment takes place. With Novus Health, you can expect:
- top quality, personalised care – from your first assessment to aftercare
- carpal tunnel treatment tailored to your particular symptoms and circumstances: one size does not fit all at Novus Health
- treatment by an experienced NHS carpal tunnel surgeon, consultant and nurse with years of practical experience
- a supportive environment dedicated to your wider health and wellbeing. If our team spot that you are suffering from any additional problems such as muscle stiffness or back pain, we can refer you on to our
- dedicated team of MSK physiotherapists to check you over novushealth.co.uk/physical-health/physiotherapy
- aftercare information and advice to give you the tools for long-lasting results
How can I get treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome on the NHS?
Novus Health offers surgical and non-surgical carpal tunnel treatments for NHS patients aged 19 years and above throughout the Wakefield district.
Simply book an appointment with your GP and ask them to refer you to Novus Health. When you receive a referral from your GP, a member of our dedicated team will contact you to arrange an appointment novushealth.co.uk/your-visit/
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