Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the compression of the median nerve that travels through the “carpal tunnel” in the wrist. The main symptom is intermittent numbness through the thumb, index, middle and half the ring fingers. It also occurs mainly at night. Recent findings shows that the most common cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is either typing or repetitive motion injuries. Some Carpal Tunnel sufferers also experience a decrease in grip strength when trying to grasp and lift objects as small as a coffee cup.
In addition, treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can include the use of wrist splint or brace, activity modifications. In addition treatments are usually physiotherapy and massage therapy and in severe cases, surgical release of the transverse carpal ligament. Physiotherapy treatment involves the use of therapeutic ultrasound, low level cold laser, TENS (electrotherapy) and nerve gliding exercises. Recommendations may also be made for adapting a more ergonomic work and life environment to relieve stresses on the wrists. This can include height adjustments to the computer keyboard, and keyboard layout replacements.
In conclusion, our therapist will guide you through exercise programs that will help the supporting muscles get stronger and they will also teach you manual stretches that can be perform anywhere in order to reduce muscle tension and fatigue.