Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome diagramThe carpal tunnel contains the tendons that bend the fingers and thumb as well as the median nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve is compressed where it passes through the tunnel at the wrist. CTS commonly affects women in middle age but can occur at any age in either sex. CTS may be associated with swelling in the tunnel which may be caused by inflammation of the tendons, a fracture of the wrist, wrist arthritis and other less common conditions. In most cases, the cause is not identifiable.

The main symptom is altered or tingling feeling in the hand, affecting the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. There is also pain in the wrist and forearm The tingling is often worse at night or first thing in the morning. It may be provoked by activities that involve gripping an object or if the hand is elevated. Sufferers often described a feeling of clumsiness and drop objects easily.

Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Physiotherapy treatment for patients with this condition is vital to hasten the healing process, ensure an optimal outcome and decrease the likelihood of injury recurrence. Treatment may comprise: