Carpal Tunnel Therapy

Those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome typically experience numbness and a tingling sensation in the thumb, index finger, and middle finger. These occur as a result of a compressed nerve in the wrist. However, because the nerve involved in this condition emanates from the neck, it’s crucial that patients experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome receive a thorough assessment to verify that they are not suffering from a pinched nerve in the neck, shoulder, or forearms. Therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome involves a variety of treatment modalities. Patients may perform gliding exercises, which involves moving the fingers in a certain pattern to help the tendons and nerves glide more smoothly through the carpal tunnel. Therapists also may use the Graston technique, which is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that helps mitigate issues that restrict normal function, including scar tissue. Other manual techniques such as myofascial release or active release also may be employed to loosen tight tendons and muscles. Ultrasound also can help alleviate pain and numbness, as can hand traction devices. Finally, patients may wear splints to immobilize the wrist and reduce pressure on the nerve. Often, splinting is used in conjunction with other treatments, thus helping reduce pain while simultaneously strengthening the affected tissues.