Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve is compressed
at the wrist, negatively affecting the use of the whole arm. Due to the
constant demands people place on their hands and wrists, CTS is a common
health condition which affects one out of 20 Americans.
Surgery is commonly performed on the hand and wrist to treat the injury.
But fortunately, for more people who develop CTS,
physical therapy treatment can relieve pain and numbness, restoring normal function of
the hand, wrist, and arm without going under the knife.
How Physical Therapy Can Help
If you are diagnosed with early-state CTS, conservative care is often the
recommendation. Physical treatment can effectively reduce CTS symptoms
to get you back to performing your normal duties and activities.
Based on the causes of your CTS, you therapy program may include the following:
- Education regarding proper posture, changing wrist positions, safe use
of tools, and stretch breaks during work or your daily routine
- Strengthening exercises of the muscles in your fingers, hand, and forearm
- Stretching exercises to improve flexibility in your fingers, hand, and wrist
- Use of a night splint which reduces discomfort
- Use of heat/cold treatments for pain relief
However, if your evaluation reveals that your condition is more serious,
surgery may be the only options. Surgery is performed to release the band
of tissues which causes pressure on the median nerve. Physical therapy
is necessary post-surgery to help restore strength to the wrist and learn
how to change your habits which resulted in the symptoms initially.
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and require physical therapy
to alleviate the pain or regain functionality of your wrist after surgery,
contact QualCare Rehabilitation today.