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


  • Stretching regiment daily
  • Wrist strengthening
  • Soft tissue and Manual Therapy
  • Night splint
  • Icing

What to do about it?

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