Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common, painful progressive disorder that affects the wrist, hand, and fingers.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs as a result of compression pressure on median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand.
What causes Carpal tunnel Syndrome?
- Overuse or repetitive injuries eg. Extensive typing, hairdressing
- Injury or inflammation to the wrist
- trauma to the wrist causing swelling (sprain or fracture)
- mechanical problems in the wrist
- repeated use of vibrating hand tools
- fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause
- presence of cyst or tumor in the carpal tunnel
What are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
- burning, tingling or numbness on the palm side of the hand and fingers
- radiating pain into the forearm
- difficulty of grasping small objects or weakened grip
- muscle wasting at the base of the thumb if chronic or long-term
How can Physiotherapist help in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
- Patient Education
- Postural and Ergonomic Training
- Restricting hand-use or changing the way the hand is used
- Range of Motion Exercises and Strengthening Exercises (i.e. grip strengthening)
- Stretching Techniques
- Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Modalities (ice, heat)
- Recommend wrist brace/splint
It is important we treat this wrist pain and discomfort early, see our physiotherapist to improve your chances of recovery and avoid further progression of your carpal tunnel syndrome.