Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition which can cause numbness, tingling and  weakness in the hand. Here’s a video explaining what it is, what causes it, and how to help manage it. Your doctor may also recommend steroid injections into the wrist.

Did you know? Recent research suggests that CTS may have a genetic component, and that the classic repetitive or mechanical strain factors may not be as important as once thought –

MRI scans and X-rays

We are often asked by patients about medical imaging for ongoing problems.

Although we are unable to refer patients for scans, the following private local facilities offer self-referral options. You will probably have an initial consultation with a physiotherapist or consultant before being seen for the scan itself.

The Grosvenor Hospital Chester (Nuffield)

Spire Yale Hospital Wrexham is an online portal which provides access to nation-wide facilities. The two centres closest to us on their system are the Nuffield Hospitals in Chester and Shrewsbury, but if you are prepared to travel, you may get a lower price.

Another online service is Vista Health. Their centres tend to be close to the larger cities and may offer better pricing.

* Note that the list above is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation for any particular service

Median, Ulnar, Radial nerve flossing

These three nerves start in the neck, run down the arm, and innervate different areas of the hand. Nerves can get tethered or impacted anywhere along their length causing pain. Flossing aims to get the nerves moving smoothly and without pain. Check with your therapist which nerve is involved in your case.

If you find the “Biggles” exercise for the Ulnar nerve a bit weird or hard to do, here are a few different things you can try.

Neck stretcher

We’ve been testing a neck stretcher device to help with neck extension and traction. Easy (and lazy) to use – all you do is lie on it! Helps with both neck/shoulder stiffness and posture.

It’s not suitable for everyone though, so please ask us for advice before using one.

This one seems to be well made and comfortable but there are many others:

If you use the arm position shown here in the instructions you get a Pec stretch for free!

Dr Jo has a video for more information: