Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Who?

People who gradually start feeling pain, tingling, burning, itching, swelling, weakness or numbness in the hand, fingers or wrist.

Women are 3x more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. This may be because the carpal tunnel may be smaller in women. The dominant hand is usually affected first and has intense pain. 

This usually only occurs in adults. 

What?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed or squeezed in the carpal tunnel at the wrist, resulting in pain, tingling and numbness in the wrist hand and fingers. The median nerve provides feeling to all the fingers (excluding the little finger).  

 

How is it diagnosed?

Medical history and a physical examination will be looked at and evaluated to determine if the patient’s pain is related to daily functions or to an underlying disorder. Hands, Fingers and Wrists will be examined to determine strength and pain levels. 

Early treatment is important to avoid permanent damage to your nerve! Make an appointment today, or come in for a free evaluation.

How we treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Tips for reducing pain:

  • Be aware of your wrists form while completeing your daily activities. 
  • Change your enviornment. Change the position of your keyboard or the type of computer mouse you use. 
  • Avoid Cold Temperatures. Hand stiffness and pain can increase if you are in a cold enviornment. Change the temperature or wear gloves. 
  •  Take a break. Avoid repetitive motions and try to change up your tasks through out the day. 
  • Stretch! Throughout the day slowly bend and stretch your wrist and hands. 
  • Relax. Loosen your grip and reduce the amount of force used while typing, writing, cooking and other daily tasks.