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Learning about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common disorder faced by millions of Americans annually. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the major nerve in our wrists, known as the median nerve, is compressed. It is important to note that the majority of symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome occur gradually, meaning not all symptoms will be prevalent immediately, but rather continue to worsen over a period of time.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

The major symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are, but not limited to, the following:

• Numbness in the hands and/or wrist
• Tingling feeling in the hands and/or wrist
• Weakness in the hands and/or wrist
• Inability to perform common tasks with your hand, such as buttoning a shirt
• Frequently dropping items due to weakness in the hands and/or wrist

Those who are at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome are, but not limited, to:

• Those whose families have a hereditary history of developing the disorder
• Pregnant women who develop swelling
• Those with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, etc.
• Those who frequently make the same hand & wrist motions over a long period of time: excessive typing, heavy work with hands, etc.

Treatment for those with carpal tunnel syndrome

Generally, many who deal with carpal tunnel syndrome do not need surgery as a treatment method. However, if the case present in a particular patient is severe, surgery may be required.

Common non-surgical treatments for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome are, but not limited to, the following:

• Physical therapy
• Bracing
• Changes in activity or routine
• Anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen

If you believe you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important you consult with your physician or specialist before beginning physical therapy. If you would like to learn more about Theramotion’s work with patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, please contact us at 718-279-9800. Additionally, you can fill out contact information on our Contact Us page and we will get back to you.