What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome presents as tingling, numbness and burning pain in the thumb, index and middle finger. You may also experience a sense of weakness in the hand. The carpal (wrist) bones form a narrow tunnel on the palmer (front) aspect of your hand. The tendons of the wrist and finger flexor muscles travel through the tunnel and are accompanied by the median nerve. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is more prevalent in females, people with diabeties, thyroid diseases and during pregnancy.
How Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Happens
Increased swelling in the hand can compress the median nerve causing symptoms in the hands. It is commonly associated with overuse but can also occur secondary to another health conditions. Symptoms can occur at night, when you try to use your hands or grip objects.
What Burnie Physiotherapy can do to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Activity modification: We will advise you on how to modify aggravating activities to reduce your symptoms. You may benefit from night splints
- Joint mobilisations: Carpal (wrist) joint mobilizations
- Specific exercises: We will prescribe specific nerve slide exercises to decrease symptoms
- Ergonomic assessment: As this is an overuse condition a full assessment of your biomechanics and ergonomics is needed to prevent further damage
Suitable Products for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Wrist splints