Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Break free from the grip of carpal tunnel syndrome. 

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Have you noticed pain or tingling in your hand or fingers when you try to type? You may find that the pain worsens at night, possibly affecting your sleep. Whether it’s affecting your work, sleep, or any other part of your daily life, carpal tunnel syndrome may be the cause.

It’s not uncommon to feel frustrated or overwhelmed when dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome. Thankfully, there are treatment options available that may assist you in managing carpal tunnel syndrome so that you can get your movement back on track.

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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the wrist, hand, and fingers. This occurs when there’s pressure placed on the median nerve, which runs through an opening underneath the wrist called the carpal tunnel.  The carpal tunnel serves as a pathway for the median nerve and the tendons that help with finger and thumb movement. The median nerve provides sensation to the underside of the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. It also controls the movement of the muscles at the base of the thumb, allowing for essential hand functions like gripping, pinching, and fine motor coordination.  Ultimately, carpal tunnel syndrome may be uncomfortable and frustrating with its ability to impact your daily activities. However, with early recognition and management, it may be possible to find relief.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Wrist pain
  • Numbness, most often felt in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and ring finger
  • Tingling, or ‘pins and needles’
  • Burning pain
  • Pain that worsens at night
  • Hand or thumb weakness
  • Difficulty grasping objects
  • Pain that radiates up the arm
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments

Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome typically involves physiotherapy. Education, such as ergonomic advice, is also a large part of the treatment process, as it’s important to avoid activities that may worsen the pain or increase symptoms.

Surgery is only considered an option if conservative management, such as physiotherapy techniques, doesn’t show an improvement.

Physiotherapy for carpal tunnel syndrome, or hand therapy, may involve:

  • Splinting
  • Bracing
  • Tendon gliding exercises
  • Nerve gliding
  • Compression gloves and other swelling management techniques

Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Questions Answered

Anything that places pressure on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel area has the potential to lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. In some cases, there’s no single cause of carpal tunnel syndrome but several factors. Some causes include:

  • Wrist fracture
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Certain medications
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal changes such as in pregnancy and menopause
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Kidney failure
  • Lymphedema
  • Thickened tendons
  • Tendon inflammation
  • Hand trauma

While there’s no proven way to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome altogether, there are methods that may reduce your risk of developing the condition, such as:

 

  • Taking breaks when doing repetitive hand movements like typing
  • Keeping your wrists parallel to the floor when on a computer
  • Adjusting your computer monitor height and distance to improve your posture
  • Keeping your hands warm, for example, wearing fingerless gloves when working in a cold environment
  • Wearing a wrist splint at night and during the day if necessary
  • Ensuring any health conditions you may have that may increase your risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome are managed by your GP
  • Avoiding sleeping in ways that place pressure on your median nerve

The length of time it takes to recover from carpal tunnel syndrome will depend on the underlying cause and how severe the symptoms are. For mild cases, people undergoing physiotherapy may see an improvement in a few weeks to a few months.

Why Ace Allied Health?

Dedicated Team

Founded by two passionate physiotherapists, the team at Ace Allied Health is dedicated to helping people to feel their best.

Range of Disciplines

Along with physiotherapy, Ace Allied Health also offers sports physiotherapy, exercise physiology, clinical Pilates , and more.

Local Clinics

With clinics in Castlemaine, Maryborough, Kangaroo Flat, and Maiden Gully, you won’t have to travel far for the assistance you deserve.

From Pain to Progress

Whether carpal tunnel syndrome keeps you from working in the garden or on your novel, the pain and discomfort don’t have to stay constant. With assistance from our team at Ace Allied Health, your carpal tunnel syndrome may become an issue of the past sooner than you think! To find out more, book an appointment with us today.

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At Ace Allied Health, your well-being is our priority. No matter your age, stage of life, or lifestyle, we want to help you feel your best! Whether that’s with physiotherapy, exercise physiology, dietetics, or something else, we’re the team in your corner cheering you on to help you reach your goals. Take the first step towards a healthier and happier life by booking an appointment today.

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