Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the name given to a sensation of numbness, weakness, tingling and general discomfort in the area of the hand and wrist. It occurs when the median nerve is compressed, causing changes in sensation pain and limiting the full use of the hand, It most commonly occurs in women and can often arise in pregnancy.
Signs and symptoms:
The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are numbness and tingling of the hand and fingers. Other symptoms may include:
- Burning, prickly pin like sensations in the hand and fingers.
- Hand stiffness particularly in the morning.
- A feeling of swelling in the fingers.
- Weakened grip.
- Can be worse at night.
Physiotherapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
A detailed physiotherapy assessment will be carried out to establish if your symptoms are consistent with carpal tunnel syndrome. Physiotherapy is very effective in the treatment of Carpal tunnel syndrome and may involve:
- Wearing a splint to support the wrist and prevent it moving into a position that increases compression of the median nerve.
- Modifying techniques and practices.
- Avoid aggravating factors.
- Ergonomic advice.