Carpal tunnel syndrome can be a painful condition that can limit your ability to use your wrists and hands. Numbness, tingling and strange sensations in the fingers, hand and wrist are common in those with carpal tunnel syndrome. The pressure on the median nerve in the wrist is what causes these symptoms, which only grow worse over time. While surgical options are available, this can be invasive. There are treatments and therapies that can help relieve discomfort and improve function, without the need for surgery.
Using anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs can help reduce the pressure on the median nerve. For many, this can control the numbness and help improve the function of the fingers. Other options include cortisone injections into the wrist to help relieve pain and discomfort. Wearing a wrist splint or brace can also help manage discomfort.
One of the best therapy options for carpal tunnel syndrome is hand therapy through a physical therapist. Some physical therapists specialize in treating conditions in the hand and wrist, helping improving mobility through stretching, exercises, heat and other treatments. By manipulating the soft tissues with massage and other techniques, inflammation can be reduced and less pressure is put on the nerve. Hand therapists can also explore modifications to help improve function at work or daily activities to manage the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important to explore other options to surgery. In many cases, this condition can be managed with a combination of medications, hand therapy, support and modifications to give you back your mobility and lessen your discomfort. Discuss the options with your doctor and physical therapists to learn more about the therapy options available.
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