Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition of the hand and wrist that can impact the use of the entire arm. Pressure placed on the median nerve (at the base of the palm) causes pain and numbness and limited use of the hand, wrist and arm. Sometimes the pain is experienced as tingling or numbness. Eventually it can be difficult to perform basic movements or hold onto items.
Statistics report as many as 1 in 20 Americans suffering from this painful condition. Certain repetitive movements, often occurring at work or during athletic activity are major contributors. Computer work is often mentioned as a major cause of CTS. However, assembly line work and use of vibrating hand tools are the most significant causes. Other examples of contributing activities include playing string instruments, sewing, and racquetball.
In addition, there are a number of additional reasons that CTS develops. These include arthritis, diabetes, injury, tendonitis, hormone changes and the use of some medications. Fortunately, physical therapy can be extremely effective at relieving this type of pain. After careful evaluation, a number of treatments may be recommended. These may include:
- Exercise programs to increase the muscles of the hand and wrist.
- Instruction on positioning of the hand and wrist to avoid pressure.
- Stretching which can increase the function and flexibility of the affected area.
- Recommendations on ways to adapt work or leisure activities.
At MDM Physical Therapy we also provide Myokinesthetic treatment programs. Myokinesthetics is a revolutionary treatment protocol to help patients in pain. This technique effectively “re-boots” the nervous system and helps to eliminate chronic pain pathways.
One of our patients shared this testimonial:
“My daughter and I both suffered from severe carpal tunnel syndrome. She opted for the surgery – and I went to see Mark. After surgery, my daughter’s range was improved, but mine was completely recovered. AMAZING.”
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