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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition in which there is pressure on the median nerve.  The median nerve supplies the feeling and movement to parts of the hand including the palm, thumb, index finger, middles finger and thumb side of the ring finger.

The carpal tunnel which is situated at the wrist joint can be narrow and any swelling in that tunnel can pinch the nerve and cause pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the hand.  People with the condition often complain of a ‘clumsiness’ of the hand when gripping.

Physiotherapists are good at determining whether hand pain is coming from the carpal tunnel of whether another structure is at fault including the neck.  They use several common tests called the Tinels and the Phalens test.

- Neck pain

Once a diagnosis of carpal tunnel is confirmed then you may need to wear a wrist splint to open up the tunnel and rest the wrist. Your Physiotherapist will also be able to advise you on activities to avoid and give you advice ie:  regarding postures at work stations to minimise stress through the wrist region.

Sometimes a steroid injection is required and in severe cases surgical intervention may be necessary to release the carpal tunnel.  If your Physiotherapist thinks that this is the best course of action then they can refer you to a Specialist via your GP for their opinion.

Should you have any questions or would like advice then please contact us.

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