What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is where the median nerve is compressed as it passes through the space at the base of the hand which is formed by bones on one side and ligaments on the other. When there is inflammation there is compression which cause compression and decreased blood flow to the nerve. Patients often get pain or pins and needles at the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger.
Contributing factors can be diabetes, pregnancy or obesity.
- Fluid retention like poor lymphatics or pregnancy
- Prolonged gripping like with racquet sports or golf
- Fractures and sprains around the wrist
- Vibration at the wrist like with tools or cycling
- Poor wrist posture with repetitive tasks. Especially holding the
- Poor strength, lack of co-ordination, tingling, burning or numbness in the thumb, index or middle fingers.
- Referral in pain into the neck, elbow or shoulder
- Morning and night pain and numbness
- Avoid aggravating factors
- Self massage of wrist and fingers
- Finger movement exercises
- Wrist extension bracing to allow better fluid flow at night time
Your PhysioPro will use their skills to relive the symptoms but also advice you on how to change your sporting or work technique to reduce the problem.