Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel is caused by pinching of the medial nerve that runs on the palmar side of the hand, resulting in numbness, tingling, or weakness in your thumb, pointer, and middle fingers.
Carpal tunnel often comes on over time, and is most common in people who make small, frequent movements with their hands (typing, tool manipulation, etc.). Sometimes, the nerve compression occurs higher up in the shoulder or neck – this is why it is important to be assessed by a physical therapist. Primary care providers and hand surgeons typically do not look for other areas of entrapment, which may result in an unnecessary and ineffective carpal tunnel surgery.
– Poor posture.
– Fluid retention/pregnancy.
– Tingling/numbness in the arm/wrist/hand.
– Weakness in the affected wrist/hand.
At Home Diagnostic Tests
– Tinel’s Sign (video).
– Phalen’s Test (video).
At Home Care
– Avoid triggering activity.
– Ice to relieve swelling.
When to Seek Help
Contact your physical therapist if symptoms continue or get worse in 7 days, or if you have difficulty performing various activities of daily living.