Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - What is it?

28/08/2019

 

Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness in Belfield provides servicing to many near by Inner West suburbs including Belmore, Strathfield and Croydon park. See our weekly blog below if you are interested in new research, facts, general information or ideas.

Do you have tingling or numbness on you palm or your thumb, index or middle finger? Do you experience pain over your palm, arm pain or muscle problems around these areas. If you do, you may be suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the median nerve getting entrapped at the level of the carpel tunnel located on the underside (palmer side) of your wrist. What this means in simple terms is, the median nerve is trapped or blocked in this carpal tunnel. This may be caused by a number of reasons, leading to the signal this nerve is trying to send to the hand and back to the brain - being interrupted.

What can be done for carpal tunnel syndrome then? A lot of people think surgery will have a good effect for carpal tunnel syndrome, but before jumping into surgery you can take a number of steps which have been seen to have significant impact for improving symptoms for people experiencing the condition. When treating the condition, it is important to mobilise the nerve through performing nerve glides as well as simple hand movements. This will allow the nerve to desensitise and the signals the nerve is sending and receiving from the brain to adapt to meet the requirements of the nerve. This nerve mobility can be combined with soft tissue therapy which will also assist in desensitising the nerve and reducing pain encouraging one to want to mobilise their hand and arm more. As well as this, practices such as bracing can have a good effect in offloading the median nerve, leading to reduced pain levels. Some evidence has shown night splint/bracing can help reduce pain at night, as well as function during the day. 

The take home message here is simple; try conservative physiotherapy management strategies and techniques before heading into the direction of surgery. The techniques applied within our physiotherapy clinic have been shown to not only reduce your symptoms, but also improve your injury.

 

This information can be used to gain a better understanding on use of carpal tunnel syndrome and rehabilitation for this injury. To find out more about how we can help carpal tunnel, book in for a consultation you can contact us via our Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness contact us page, or book online here.

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Written by James

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