CTS is the syndrome indicative of trapping of the median nerve in the wrist. This happens by pressure from the Transverse carpal Ligament
The symptoms of CTS include burning / tingling / numbness / pain in the hand, commonly waking the person in the early hours of the mornings. Symptoms are especially obvious in the thumb and 2nd/3rd digits. Pain may travel up to the elbow.
Your physio will assess your symptoms by flexing the wrist for 60 seconds (which is usually the position one sleeps in), or tapping the median nerve in the wrist to assess for pain shooting into the hand.
The physiotherapy management includes bone mobilisations, nerve stretches and ergonomic assessment and adjustments. The use of a wrist splint to reduce wrist flexion at night can greatly reduce patient’s distress from lack of sleep and early morning awakenings.
If you think you may be suffering from this then call us for an assessment.