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:
- Waking up at night from pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand
- Numbness in the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger
- Painful hand cramping in the muscle
- Hand weakness
What to do if you have these symptoms?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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