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Carpal Tunnel: How Physical and Occupational Therapy Can Help

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by the compression of the median nerve at the wrist, which 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 are effective methods of treating 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. Your therapist will also help you work on your posture and ergonomics to put less stress on your wrists. Exercises can improve strength in the hand. Some people like to wear splints, or braces, to immobilize the wrist as a non-surgical treatment. Splints make discomfort and pain less likely, as preventing the wrist from bending opens up the Carpal Tunnel as much as possible.

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. Give us a call at (888) 989-3323 to schedule your appointment today!