What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The Carpal Tunnel is a space within the wrist that houses a number of wrist tendons and the median nerve. When the median nerve is compressed within the tunnel it is referred to as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
What causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by direct compression, irritation or damage to the median nerve. A number of conditions have been linked to an increased risk of developing Carpal Tunnel including:
Wrist fracture or dislocation Pregnancy Occupations involving repetitive wrist and hand movements Diabetes Obesity Use of vibrating tools or machinery
Signs and symptoms of Carpal Tunnel
Numbness and tingling in the hand usually the thumb, index and middle finger Weakness Wrist and hand pain Feelings of pins and needles Numbness
Physical therapy can assist with the treatment and management of Carpal Tunnel. If you’re experiencing Carpal Tunnel try implementing some of the following strategies:
Short and regular breaks from activities that aggravate the wrist Correct manual handling techniques; where possible try to lift and move things within the mid ranges of your joints
If symptoms persist see your health professional ASAP, as Carpal Tunnel is often easier to treat when detected early.
Exercise strategies for Carpal Tunnel often focus on improving wrist mobility and stretching the muscles in the wrist, hand and forearm.