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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common disorder that arises due to compression of a nerve called the ‘median nerve’ at the wrist. The median nerve resides within the carpal tunnel (a ‘tunnel’ formed by the ‘carpal’ or wrist bones and a ligament of the wrist). This tunnel has very little space for its nerve, vessel, and tendon contents to pass through as the hand moves and flexes. For some individuals this space can become restrictive enough to compress the nerve thereby resulting in numbness and pain in the hand. 

Numerous aggregating activities can provoke the onset of this syndrome, particularly repetitive wrist actions. Not surprisingly, this condition is common in heavy computer users. In addition to aggravating activities, various contributing factors including pregnancy can initiate a flare-up. Pregnant women often experience increased fluid retention and swelling in the extremities. As pregnant women retain fluid (usually in the later stages of pregnancy), this can increase the pressure in the wrist tunnel, thus compressing and irritating the median nerve, resulting in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 

For severe cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome corticosteroid injections or surgery may be warranted. For most cases, a variety of treatment options have been demonstrated to generate good results. These include Physiotherapy techniques such as splinting, manual therapy techniques, modalities such as acupuncture and ultrasound, and activity modification. Simple self-help measures outlined below can help reduce your risk of flare-ups and decrease symptoms.

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About the Author:

Lindsay Davey, PT, MScPT, MSc, CAFCI, CDT
Clinic Director

Lindsay is a Registered Physiotherapist and Clinic Director of Toronto Physiotherapy. Lindsay and her team of Registered Physiotherapists have had great success treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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