Physical Therapy Treatment for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Anyone who has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome is familiar with the debilitating pain that includes tingling, numbness and burning in the hands and wrists. In addition to the painful symptoms, some cases may progress to the point where manual functions are severely reduced. While surgery may be recommended to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, results may not always be successful. Before committing to invasive procedures, or remedies that treat the symptoms and not the cause, consult with a licensed Healthfx Physiotherapy physical therapist for treatments therapies that offer lasting pain relief and address mobility issues brought on by carpel tunnel syndrome.
The Causes of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Carpel tunnel syndrome can be a difficult condition to treat because narrowing down its direct cause often proves elusive with standard diagnostic methods. Effective physical therapy treatment involves a thorough evaluation of the nerves from the hand to the neck including the wrist, elbow, shoulder and spine in order to precisely identify the actual pain source. In some cases, an improper posture of the spine has been found to be the cause associated with carpel tunnel syndrome and can be treated by a qualified Healthfx Physiotherapy physical therapist. Tailored physiotherapy postural treatments will not only relieve pain, but most importantly, restore the body’s natural healing mechanisms and provide lasting relief.
Progressive Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The pain associated with carpel tunnel syndrome most often derives from affected nerves in the thumb, index and middle fingers that result in tingling and numbness felt in the hand and wrist. Eventually the condition worsens to the point where patients experience burning or cramping sensations in the hand, forearm or wrist. The onset of carpel tunnel pain is usually sudden and acute. Patients also report dealing with hand cramps that increase in intensity over time and significantly affect the normal functioning of the palm, fingers and wrist. Muscle weakness and inflammation are associated with the advanced stages of carpel tunnel syndrome and can cause an inability to maintain a grip on objects due to increased numbness and cramping. If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can eventually result in muscle atrophy that greatly impairs a person’s ability to carry out regular manual activities.
Physical Therapy Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Healing carpal tunnel syndrome may include traditional remedies derived from conventional medicine. A Healthfx Physiotherapy physical therapist can precisely tailor treatments that offer significant pain reduction and noticeable improvement with range of motion in the affected areas. A range of additional noninvasive physical therapies may also be recommended including ultrasound therapy that emits focused cold laser therapy that penetrate connective tissue to provide relief, or wrist supports in conjunction with specific exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome that alleviate pain and prevent further injury. Consult a Healthfx Physiotherapy physical therapist for more information today.