Ways to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

August 15, 2019

 

 

At United Rehab Physical Therapy, we know that the smallest injuries can have a big impact on your day-to-day life. Our hands-on physical therapists offering physical therapy in Ronkonkoma have been treating injuries on Long Island for years and is ready to help you today. Are you suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome? Are you considering getting surgery? Are you in need of answers and solutions? Look no further! Our staff at United Rehab Physical Therapy can help you today!

 

 

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

 

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in your wrist gets accidentally compressed or squeezed. The median nerve is housed inside a one-inch-wide narrow tunnel of ligament and bone that runs down the middle of your wrist, aptly named the carpal tunnel. This nerve is surrounded by a cover of tendons and works to move all of your fingers except the pinkie. When the median nerve gets compressed or squeezed too much, the tendons become irritated and swollen, trapping the nerve in the center of the compression and therefore pinching it. 

 

Carpal tunnel can be caused by a variety of different factors, including: 

 

  • Impact or trauma (such as a sprain) 

  • Repeated physical hand-use 

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Glandular imbalances 

 

Those suffering through carpal tunnel syndrome report a gradual increase of symptoms which can range between the following: 

 

  • Tingling 

  • Burning 

  • Painful or numbing sensations in the palm and inner fingers of the hand 

 

Getting a diagnosis for carpal tunnel syndrome is extremely important, as early treatment can help to prevent further permanent damage. Once a diagnosis has been made, physical therapy alleviates pain.  In a recently conducted study, those who have carpal tunnel and went to physical therapy had a shorter recovery period than those who went to surgery. Our hands-on physical therapists make use of hand therapy techniques to ensure your carpal tunnel improves. 


At United Rehab, our hands-on physical therapists offering physical therapy in Ronkonkoma know exactly how to have you feeling brand new again. Contact us today to make an appointment and start your recovery process.

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