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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that causes discomfort and impediment in the hand and arm. It often feels like pain, numbness, and a tingling sensation that can hamper daily activities. This common condition, which people often misunderstand, affects individuals from various walks of life, ranging from office workers to craftspeople. A deeper understanding of CTS, early detection of its signs, and appropriate intervention are key to managing its impact and steering clear of potential long-term damage.

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually caused due to abnormal pressure on the median nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel. Common contributing factors include:

  • Repetitive hand motions, especially with prolonged gripping
  • Hand and wrist position during frequent keyboard or mouse use
  • Certain health conditions, like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Genetic predisposition due to the structural characteristics of the wrist

What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The symptoms of CTS can range from mild to severe and develop gradually. Common signs include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the thumb, index, middle, or ring fingers
  • Pain radiating up the arm to the shoulder
  • Weakness in the hands and a tendency to drop objects

The Role of Physiotherapy in Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Exercises form a major part of physiotherapy treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. These exercises are designed to facilitate the movement of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel. By carefully guiding the nerve through a series of specific movements, the nerve’s mobility is enhanced, and symptoms are reduced.

In addition to exercise, physiotherapists may employ various modalities to treat CTS. Ultrasound therapy, for instance, is a common technique to reduce inflammation and pain. This method uses sound waves to generate heat and promote circulation in the wrist, which can reduce swelling and promote healing.

Another crucial aspect of physiotherapy treatment for CTS is education. Patients learn how to modify their daily activities to minimize the stress on their wrists. This may include ergonomic adjustments at the workplace, changes in hand positioning during tasks, and implementing frequent breaks during repetitive activities to prevent symptom flare-ups.

Through a combination of exercise, therapeutic modalities, and lifestyle adjustments, physiotherapy offers a comprehensive approach to treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, helping patients return to their daily activities with improved comfort and function.

Why Choose Legend Physiotherapy Clinic?

Carpal tunnel syndrome need not dictate the terms of your daily activities. With informed understanding, prompt recognition of symptoms, and proactive physiotherapy intervention, you can steer your life back to its pain-free course. At Legend Physiotherapy Clinic, we’re committed to equipping you with the tools and treatments you need to overcome the grip of CTS. If you’re navigating the challenges of this condition, let us guide you to recovery. Here, achieving a life without pain isn’t just a goal; it’s what we expect—because at Legend Physiotherapy Clinic, we turn recovery into reality.