Bonavista Physical Therapy Calgary Physiotherapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by a compressed nerve in the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist. The compression can occur due to swelling in the flexor tendon sheaths, injury to the wrist and many other conditions. There are various risk factors that can contribute to the development of CTS such as: arthritis, diabetes, pregnancy, repetitive use, previous fracture, pinched nerves in the neck or shoulder, and numerous others. Our physiotherapists are highly trained to sort through all the various contributing factors and design an individualized rehabilitation program that will work for you.

Signs & Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Wrist pain
Usually on the palm side
Pain in the palm of hand or thumb
Aching, burning, worse with use of the hand
Tingling sensation into thumb, index and middle finger
Often worse at night, occasional "electric shocks"
Weakness in grip strength
Often drops things, feeling clumsy
Feeling of swelling into hand/fingers
Hand feels "tight"

Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Before any treatment can occur it is very important to get a thorough physical exam combined with a careful history of symptoms and physical health in order to get a correct diagnosis and therefore the correct treatment. Making a diagnosis can not be based on the symptoms alone. Included in the physical exam is “ruling out” all the other causes of hand/wrist pain and numbness. Very commonly we see patients who have “double crush” syndrome. Double crush is a condition where the nerve is compressed in the wrist but also somewhere else along its pathway such as the neck or shoulder. Therefore in all cases, the neck, shoulder and elbow should be carefully screened. In these cases if only the wrist was treated, complete recovery would not be possible.

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What can physiotherapy do for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

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  • Correct diagnosis of the CAUSE of the symptoms = effective treatment
  • Learn about what causes your symptoms and how to manage properly at home
  • Reduced pain and swelling
  • Reduced tingling/numbness
  • Improved strength and coordination
  • Less nighttime symptoms
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