Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common source of pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and wrist, particularly among...
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common source of pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and wrist, particularly among individuals who engage in activities that involve repetitive hand and wrist movements. Understanding the nature of this condition, its causes, and the various treatment options available is crucial for individuals affected by CTS.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nerve compression disorder that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes compressed or pinched at the wrist. This compression can cause symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers, which may worsen with activities that involve repetitive hand and wrist movements.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Some common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Repetitive hand and wrist movements: Activities such as typing, sewing, or playing musical instruments that involve repetitive hand and wrist movements can lead to CTS.
Hand and wrist anatomy: Individuals with smaller carpal tunnels or existing wrist injuries are at a higher risk of developing CTS.
Hormonal changes: Pregnant women and those with hormonal imbalances may experience fluid retention, which can cause swelling and increased pressure in the carpal tunnel.
Medical conditions: Conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and hypothyroidism can increase the risk of developing CTS.
Physiotherapy and Other Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause significant discomfort and disruption to daily activities, but understanding the nature of this condition and the various treatment options available can help individuals effectively manage their symptoms and prevent future occurrences. With the help of our physiotherapist, those affected by CTS can recover and return to their daily activities pain-free.
It is worth trying physiotherapy in order to avoid the surgery. Common treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome are with IMS, spinal decompression, manual therapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, laser therapy, gym active rehabilitation.