Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel is one of the most common diagnoses. What happens is the median nerve gets compromised in the wrist – usually caused by repetitive wrist motion or bending it forward too often.

Signs of Carpal Tunnel include:

  1. Waking up at night from pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand
  2. Numbness in the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger
  3. Painful hand cramping in the muscle
  4. Hand weakness

What to do if you have these symptoms?

    1. See a hand therapist for an evaluation and to teach you how to properly do median nerve glides. This gets that entrapped nerve gliding and can reduce adhesions.
    2. Get a wrist splint. Our OT’s and Hand Therapists make custom splinting for our patients at Sports Physical Therapists. Wear your splint at night and when you’re doing heavy activities. A lot of times people sleep curled up in the fetal position which exacerbates the CTS symptoms.
    3. Consider anti-inflammatory options such as ice or turmeric powder.

Don’t wait to get carpal tunnel treated! The earlier you treat this, the better chance at a full and true recovery.

 

Elizabeth Krippinger, MS, OTR/L

Sports Physical Therapists

2019-02-26T20:11:53+00:00 February 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|