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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

March 04 | 2016
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CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is compression of the median nerve as it passes into the hand. The median nerve is located on the palm side of the hand (also called the carpal tunnel). It provides sensation (ability to feel) to your thumb, index finger, long finger, and part of the ring finger. Compression of the nerve produces numbness, tingling and, eventually, hand weakness. Proper Physiotherapy treatment can relieve the tingling and numbness and restore wrist and hand function.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

• Carpal tunnel syndrome can be made worse if the wrist is overextended repeatedly
• Repeated motions of your wrist contribute to swelling and compression of the median nerve
• Poor positioning of your wrists while using a keyboard or mouse
• Prolonged exposure to vibrations from using hand tools or power tools
• Any repeated movement that overextends your wrist, such as playing the piano or typing
• Gripping frequently, even an iPad or book for long periods of time
• Lifting free weights
• Gripping weight machines at the gym or home
• Resting your head on your hand with your wrist in a bent position

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include:

• Numbness, tingling, and pain in the thumb and first three fingers of the hand
• Pain and burning that can travel up the forearm
• Wrist pain at night that interferes with sleep
• Weakness in the muscles of the hand

Physiotherapy Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

• Wrist splints that hold your hand in a neutral position, especially at night
• Avoiding activities that put your wrist into extreme positions up or down
• Ultrasound and Interferential current can help to reduce the swelling in the Carpal Tunnel
• Proper posture for work and home while reading, working on the computer, etc.
• Exercises done in physical therapy may also be helpful
Acupuncture may help to stimulate the median nerve and relieve pain

Overall, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a very uncomfortable condition. It can interrupt your life and your sleep. Getting the proper Physiotherapy Treatment Program is very helpful! Physio Now has fully trained Registered Physiotherapists standing ready to help you Now! Please call today to get started on relieving your pain!

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