Carpal Tunnel Therapy and Its Treatments

Carpal Tunnel Therapy

What is Carpal Tunnel Therapy? Carpal tunnel, otherwise known as median neuropathy, is an extremely common condition affecting over eight million Americans. Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by the compression of the median nerve in the wrist.

Carpal tunnel syndrome also called median neuropathy, is usually caused by repetitive movements or by repetitive use of the hand. The condition often afflicts individuals with weak hand muscles due to diabetes or in conjunction with arthritis. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are similar to those experienced by individuals with a pinched nerve, such as a pinched nerve in the neck.

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when passageways in your wrist compress the median nerve, which runs from your palm and down to your elbow. The compression causes the nerves to lose their proper path, so they become more prone to damage.

Symptoms associated with Carpal Tunnel Therapy include: tingling and/or numbness in your thumb and/or index finger, pain, and weakness in the thumb, index, and middle fingers, pain, and numbness in both hands weakness tingling in either hand, and a constant dull ache in your thumb and/or index finger. There may also be pain in your palm and/or wrist, and in your fingers, although it is not painful. There is no cure for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Treatment involves physical therapy, medications, massage, and sometimes surgery.

Before undergoing carpal tunnel therapy, you should inform your physician of your history and any other conditions, illnesses, or injuries you might be suffering from. You also need to tell your doctor about your ability to drive, your occupation, and any past or present medications you are currently taking.

Carpal tunnel therapy is sometimes referred to as “medial release splints”medial splinting”. These are usually worn on the inside of the wrist to keep pressure off the area. In more severe cases, there is also an implantation into the wrist, called a transdermal nerve stimulation, or TENS, which can help to temporarily relieve the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel.

Carpal tunnels are not life-threatening but can cause a great deal of discomfort, particularly if they are left untreated. If carpal tunnel is left untreated, it may lead to permanent damage to your hand.

If you experience persistent symptoms or numbness or tingling in your thumb or index finger, there are various therapies options you can explore that may include: heat therapy, electrotherapy, traction therapy, ultrasound, photocoagulation, or massage. Your physician will recommend a therapy method that is most suitable for you based on your particular symptoms and your individual situation. Some patients have reported improvement after just one treatment session, while others require multiple sessions or even months.

The most common form of carpal tunnel therapy is a massage therapy session, in which a professional therapist applies gentle, repetitive motions to the affected area, sometimes using ice packs or heat on the affected area. Other treatments include a splint device that is placed over the carpal tunnel, immobilizes it, and allows for a limited amount of movement.

Implantation or partial release of the carpal tunnel by using a TENS device called a Compression Garment (Cervar). The garment consists of a sleeve-like garment, worn on the outside of the wrist, that is made to fit snugly and securely over the carpal tunnel. This garment helps to support the wrist muscles to keep the tunnel from expanding.

Other non-surgical therapy options include exercises and stretches, stretching exercises, ultrasound therapy, and physical therapy. In some cases, the doctor may recommend surgery if the carpal tunnel syndrome is so severe or if the symptoms do not improve with the above-mentioned methods. In extreme cases, the doctor may opt to implant a TENS stimulator into the wrist or finger to achieve relief from the symptoms associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In many cases, surgical procedures are needed to alleviate the symptoms.

Carpal tunnel therapy can be done at home as well, with the patient performing simple stretches and exercises, or through the use of a wrist splint. Your physician will prescribe a treatment regimen that best suits your needs and your specific symptoms.