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Physical Therapy and Carpel Tunnel

by | Feb 26, 2014 | Physical Therapy


Carpal tunnel syndrome impacts the lives of many people world-wide. Our dependence on computers has increased the number of Carpel Tunnel cases within the last ten years. So, what is Carpel Tunnel? The condition occurs when the median nerve is compressed at the wrist. The median nerve originates from the nerves in the spine and neck and controls movement and sensation to the palm side of the hand, thumb, and fingers.

Numbness and a “pins and needles” sensation are the most common symptoms. The thumb and middle fingers are the extremities often impacted by this condition. Symptoms are often worse upon waking or during activities that involve flexing and extending of the wrist.

Physical therapy can help because it promotes techniques and exercises that alleviate the symptoms related to Carpel Tunnel. These exercises include;
Moving your fingers in a specified pattern to help tendons and nerves glide more smoothly. Using the Graston Technique, which incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that effect normal function.

In some cases, physical therapy can even be treated with an ultrasound. Yes, a pulsed ultrasound directed at the carpal tunnel can reduce pain and numbness, and improve hand strength.

So, if carpal tunnel syndrome or any muscle or joint problem is limiting you from the daily activities you enjoy, give us a call! We are happy to discuss options, insurance coverage and set up an appointment with a member of our staff.