The carpal tunnel is a narrow space in the wrist that is formed by carpal wrist bones on one side of the tunnel, and a tight ligament across the palm side. Through this tunnel travel all the tendons that move your fingers and the median nerve. With age, repetitive use, arthritis, swelling, etc. this space can become very tight and produce compression with decreased blood flow to the median nerve. Symptoms include tingling and numbness mainly on the thumb side of the hand, and pain in the same areas that occasionally extends up the arm. Classic carpal tunnel symptoms occur at night and disturb sleep but can also affect your daily routine. Permanent hand weakness and numbness may occur if carpal tunnel syndrome progresses.
St. Dominic’s hand therapists offer treatment that can help alleviate these symptoms and potentially prevent surgery. They can apply iontophoresis, pulsed ultrasound, orthotics, show you hand and arm exercises and provide you with expert advice about how to prevent further carpal tunnel symptoms by changing your work habits.
St. Dominic’s certified hand therapists can show you hand exercises that will help you ease your wrist and hand back into action. We can also provide you with expert advice about how to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by changing your work habits.
Contact a St. Dominic’s hand therapist today for an evaluation and to begin a treatment program.