Exercises for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
By Julia Guthart, CHT/OT
What is CTS?
This is a syndrome where the median nerve becomes entrapped by the transverse carpal ligament. The carpal ligament acts a a compressor of the median nerve resulting in loss of feeling in the hand.
What are the Warning Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The most common symptom is the sensation of your hand “falling asleep” at night while sleeping. Additionally, tingling or numbness in the thumb, index, or middle finger, or some combination of these can occur. A less common symptom is wrist or palm pain without injury, or dropping objects, bumping, or burning your fingers due to sensation loss. It is common for these symptoms to come and go or become chronic depending on the individual.
What Triggers Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
There are many factors that can trigger carpal tunnel syndrome. Some of these include repetitive hand use, sleep position of the wrist, trauma, and underlying health conditions.
How do you Fix Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Home remedies consist of anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen or Naprosyn, but these should never be ingested together. Also, wearing a wrist support splint or guard can help to alleviate discomfort. These can be found at your local pharmacy or drug store, discount store, grocery store, or online. Stretching your hand and fingers between repetitive hand movements can help alleviate some discomfort as well.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises:
If you experience symptoms for more than 3 weeks after trying some of these home remedies, you should seek a medical evaluation. Specialized hand therapy can be very helpful after a Carpal Tunnel release surgery has been performed. Prior to surgery, an Occupational Therapist can be helpful in obtaining the correct splint for your needs.
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