carpaltunnelsyndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel is a chronic condition which is increasing in occurrence today in western society mainly due to an increase in office jobs requiring prolonged use of a computer due to constant typing. Individuals develop carpal tunnel syndrome due to compression of the median nerve at the wrist.

Causes and Risk Factors:

  • Having a small carpal tunnel

  • Affects Women for than men (possibly due to women having a smaller tunnel)

  • Repetitive hand movements (example: secretary work, hairdresser, mechanic,)

  • Certain conditions such as: Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hypothyroidism

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers

  • Dull, sharp or shooting pain in the hand

  • Swelling in the hand

  • Weakness in the hand

Treatment:

  • Stretching regiment daily

  • Wrist strengthening

  • Soft tissue and Manual Therapy

  • Night splint

  • Icing

 

 

 

What to do about it?

Click here for Home Exercise Program!