medical illustration of carpal tunnel syndrome, the cause of debilitating wrist pain

INJURIES

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel syndrome explanation: hand and wrist pain caused by the swelling and compression of the media nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel of the wrist. It can be caused by hand injuries, wrist injuries, repetitive strain injury or fluid retention during pregnancy.

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

Carpal Tunnel symptoms include numbness and/or tingling in the fingers, weak grasp/grip, wrist pain, difficulty holding pencils or turning keys and typing.

How We Can Help with Carpel Tunnel Relief

Physical therapy may consist of ultrasound, massage, and cryotherapy, all of which help with carpal tunnel pain relief and reduced inflammation.

Carpal tunnel treatments include wrist exercise for strengthening and stretching exercises, because the stronger the wrist, forearm and finger muscles get with carpel tunnel exercises, the less pressure will be applied to the injured nerve. Devices that position the wrist correctly such as soft splints or carpal tunnel braces may be recommended. We also educate you about the proper method of doing your daily activities to aid in minimizing or preventing carpal tunnel. In severe cases, carpal tunnel surgery may be recommended. In these cases, the surgeon often recommends that the patient undergo a round of pre-operative therapy such as the hand exercises and wrist exercises described above.

If you or someone you know suffers from or shows signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, please call the NSPT office closest to you and talk to one of our licensed physical therapists. Your primary-care physician may need to provide a referral to activate your health-care benefits.

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