Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by the compression of the median nerve at the wrist. The median nerve controls movement on the palm side of the hand, including the fingers. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or CTS has a higher frequency of occurrence with patients who have a higher BMI, and do not participate in a lot of aerobic fitness. Carpal tunnel can cause a pins and needles sensation, as well as numbness, most frequently in the thumb, index, and middle fingers. It also causes reduced grip strength of the hand. As Carpal Tunnel Syndrome progresses, everyday activities become more difficult, because of a limited range of motion in ones hand.
Physical and Occupational Therapy is an effective method to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Treatments such as gliding exercises and Graston Technique can help improve one’s range of motion, treat scar tissue, and mobilize soft tissue to alleviate symptoms. Deep ultrasound pulses directed at the afflicted area can reduce numbness and pain. This can also improve strength in the hand. Some people like to wear splints, or braces, to immobilize the wrist. This is a non-surgical treatment. Splints make discomfort and pain less likely, as the wrist being un-bent opens up the Carpal Tunnel as much as possible. A hand traction device, called a C-Trac have shown to relieve pain in some patients, which is available for home use, but physical therapy is the best way to treat CTS effectively.
Both Physical and Occupational Therapists are available to provide these treatments if you are experiencing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or any symptoms indicative of CTS. The best treatment is early on, to assure that symptoms and damage are limited to as little as possible.
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