What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a compression of the median nerve at the wrist.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause these symptoms:

  • Pain at the palm, thumb to ring finger.

  • Numbness at the palm, thumb to ring finger.

  • Electrical or tingling sensation at the palm, thumb to ring finger.

  • Difficulty gripping

  • Decreased sensitivity to touch

  • Easily fatigued with involved arm

Carpal Tunnel

COMMON CAUSES OF CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

Repetitive stress causes wear and tear resulting in swelling and compression of the median nerve

Repetitive stress causes wear and tear resulting in swelling and compression of the median nerve

Poor posture can aggravate the median nerve causing carpal tunnel like symptoms

Poor posture can aggravate the median nerve causing carpal tunnel like symptoms

Trauma from a broken wrist, fall, or impact with swelling, can elicit carpal tunnel symptoms.

Trauma from a broken wrist, fall, or impact with swelling, can elicit carpal tunnel symptoms.

Risk Factors:

  • Women have greater likelihood due to smaller carpal tunnel size

  • Nerve-damaging conditions (i.e. diabetes)

  • Inflammatory conditions (i.e. arthritis)

  • Obesity

  • Pregnancy or menopause causes increased fluid retention placing more pressure on the wrist.

  • Thyroid or kidney disorders

How hand therapy can help:

  • Symptom management techniques to reduce discomfort

  • Modalities to facilitate the healing process

  • Orthotics to provide support and prevent symptom aggravation

  • Education on body awareness, detecting body cues, and proper posture/positioning

  • Recommendations for ergonomic equipment

  • Individualized home exercise program designed to restore function

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? Contact us today to schedule an evaluation.