Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common nerve compression that affects the hand and wrist. It’s caused by pressure on the median nerve usually from swelling. The median nerve runs the length of the arm, passing through a passage in the wrist called the carpal tunnel, ending in the hand. The median nerve controls the movement and feeling of the thumb, and all fingers except your small finger.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel syndrome usually include pins and needles, numbness and pain in the thumb, index and middle finger. If you have carpal tunnel syndrome and don’t get it treated, symptoms can last a long time, get worse, and can even go away and return. Carpal tunnel is easier to treat if diagnosed earlier.

We commonly treat carpal tunnel syndrome and beneficial treatment can include splinting to rest the nerve, home exercise programs and modification of daily activities.

Various nerves can also be compressed at other areas in the upper limb including the elbow, shoulder and neck. Therapists at HULC are specialists in assessing and treating a variety of nerve conditions. Your therapist is trained in assessing whether a surgical review is warranted depending on the history and severity of your symtpoms.

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