Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a debilitating condition in which the tendons in the carpal tunnel become inflamed and exert pressure on the median nerve of the arm. This causes a variety of symptoms including tingling, numbness and sometimes burning pain in the wrist and arm. Often this condition can be treated by using an arm splint, taking NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) medications, and receiving physical therapy treatments.  For a Farmingdale physical therapist that provides relief for carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers, contact us here.

How Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Assessed?

A physical therapist usually performs several tests on the patient which involve holding the wrist up in the air, pressing on the carpal tunnel itself to record symptoms, using a tendon hammer on the wrist, and flexing the wrist. In patients with CTS, specific tests will cause particular symptoms to occur such as paresthesia and tingling sensations.

What Are Physical Therapy Treatments Used For Relief?

  • Nerve and tendon gliding exercises

  • Studies have shown that these provide relief only when used with other treatments such as splinting or corticosteroid usage.

  • Soft tissue mobilization

  • Specific exercises can help provide relief in some cases.

  • Electrophysical treatments such as diathermy and ultrasound have shown moderate effectiveness for those with CTS. Make an appointment with us today for a Farmingdale physical therapist who can provide you with relief.

What Causes CTS?

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused by repetitive motions usually done at work that stress the tendons in the carpal tunnel.

  • Pre-existing conditions such as:

  • Diabetes

  • Wrist fractures

  • High blood pressure

  • Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis

How Can I Prevent CTS?

If the cause for your CTS is an underlying condition such as diabetes, treating the condition itself can help you prevent carpal tunnel syndrome from developing.

 

If you think you might be at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome, make an appointment with a Farmingdale physical therapist here.

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