Carpal tunnel syndrome may begin as a tingling sensation in your hand, but over time, the condition may make it hard for you to hold a cup of coffee or turn a doorknob. The experienced team at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy in Farmingdale and Great Neck, New York, provides effective physical and occupational therapy to help come up with ways for you to be able to do your daily activities with more ease, to alleviate your symptoms and prevent them from returning. For a consultation, call the office today or request an appointment online.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a type of neuropathy that affects the sensation and function of your hand and arm. It’s a very common condition that appears to be occurring more frequently.
The carpal tunnel is a narrow tunnel in the wrist where your major arteries and nerves pass from your forearm into your hand.
The meridian nerve is one of the primary nerves that pass through this area. When ligaments around the carpal tunnel become tight, pressure is placed on the median nerve and causes tingling, pain, and loss of sensation to the thumb and first two fingers of your hand.
Poor posture and repetitive activities, such as typing at a computer for an extended period of time, are common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Pressure on your wrist from the desk, along with the repetitive movement of the fingers can lead to the tightening of the carpal tunnel ligaments.
If you’re at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, you may also have neck or shoulder problems on that side, which may lead to altered posture and movement of the arm.
Since the median nerve exits from the neck and passes through the shoulder all the way down to your fingers, carpal tunnel is affected by the flexibility of the nerve higher up.
Physical therapy is one of the first steps in treating carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s noninvasive and effective at eliminating symptoms and stopping them from returning.
The experienced therapists at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy focus on treatments that improve mobility of your wrist and spacing of the carpal tunnel.
Your therapist uses hands-on treatments that mobilize tight joints and stretch tight ligaments. You may also benefit from ultrasound and other modalities to reduce pain and swelling, as well as strengthening and range of motion exercises to support your wrist and maintain good posture.
The physical therapists at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy focus on long-term results by training you on specific exercises to perform at home and work. Your therapist also teaches you proper postural techniques to prevent a recurrence.
Physical therapy is a noninvasive and effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. To schedule a consultation, contact Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy by phone or online today.