Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the compression of the median nerve at the wrist. The pressure on the median nerve can cause numbness, tingling and/ or weakness in the hand. It can occur through a repetitive motion for example typing, pregnancy, and some conditions may be at an increased risk for Carpal Tunnel, which may include but not limited to: hypothyroidism, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Physiotherapists can help to reduce the symptoms that occur with median nerve compression at the wrist. Treatment is focused on reducing inflammation, improving strength, improving movement of the median nerve and the flexor tendons to the fingers, and reducing factors, such as stiffness in the small hand bones or tightness in soft tissues, which can restrict the space available for the median nerve. Night splinting may also be recommended by the Physiotherapist.