Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs as a result of a compression in the passageways, known as “tunnel” regions that transport nerve signals. The type of nerve entrapment syndrome is classified based on the location in which it occurs. As nerves transmit information from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body, their entrapment can affect the functionality of the destination organ or body part.
The most common type of nerve entrapment in the human body is known as carpal tunnel syndrome, in which the median nerve becomes pinched in the carpal canal, at the wrist. Because the median nerve provides feeling and movement ability to parts of the hand, its entrapment can cause numbness, weakness and/or pain in the hand and fingers. Carpal tunnel occurs as a result of swelling to the carpal tunnel, which can be caused by repetitive hand and wrist motions, or other factors.
Although it can be a painful and debilitating condition, there are numerous effective treatment options available for carpal tunnel syndrome, all of which are provided by Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.
Because carpal tunnel syndrome can be aggravated by repetitive bending motions, Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine may recommend a brace to limit the wrist’s range of motion and minimize the possibility of exacerbating the injury.
In cases of carpal tunnel where symptoms are persistent, cortisone is often used to provide long-term inflammation relief. Depending on the severity of the condition, one or more injections may be used.
The objective of physical therapy in treating carpal tunnel syndrome is to allow the median nerve to move through the wrist’s carpal tunnel uninhibited. To do this, stretching exercises to improve wrist flexibility and exercises to strengthen the hand muscles are performed in combination with the use of cold to reduce inflammation at the carpal tunnel.
A carpal tunnel release is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that is performed by Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine when necessary. This procedure is effective in releasing the pressure placed on the median nerve.