In today’s fast-paced world, the prevalence of digital activities like typing, smartphone use and repetitive hand tasks have increased. Unfortunately, this can lead to a condition known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).
CTS is a common condition that causes numbness, tightening, tingling and pain in the hand and forearm. The condition occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand – the median nerve – is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist.
In this blog, we’ll explore some symptoms and treatments of CTS:
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome typically develop gradually, worsening at night. Individuals with CTS often experience a tingling sensation, resembling pins and needles or numbness primarily affecting the thumb and index finger.
Additionally, some people with CTS report pain or discomfort in the wrist or hand, which may radiate up the arm. In some severe cases, weakness in the hand may lead to difficulties in gripping objects resulting in a tendency to drop them.
Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Treatment options can vary based on the severity of the symptoms. These include Wrist Splinting, Medications, Physical Therapy and Lifestyle Modifications. These targeted treatment options can enhance wrist strength, contributing to symptom alleviation.
In severe cases where the above treatments haven’t proven effective, surgery may be recommended to release the pressure on the median nerve.
While Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can significantly impact daily life, early intervention and lifestyle changes can help manage and prevent its onset. If you’re experiencing symptoms of CTS, speak to our friendly team at Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy – our experienced team of physiotherapists can assist with a plan to suit your needs.