Physical Therapy for Carpal Tunnel in Bethesda MD
Carpal tunnel syndrome is known to be a very painful disorder that physical therapy can be very helpful for. The pain from carpal tunnel is caused by significantly high amounts of pressure upon the median nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel of your wrist. Symptoms of carpal tunnel include pins and needles, numbness in fingers and the palm of the hand, and pain (particularly during the night). Anything that can cause swelling inside the wrist, such as repetitive hand movements, arthritis and even pregnancy can cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
The carpal tunnel inside your wrist protects vital nerves, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels and so on, to your hand. This includes the important median nerve. The palm side of your wrist has a thick band of strong ligaments inside, that attach to the carpal bones at each side. At the back side of the tunnel is a curved group of wrist bones.
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
Sufferers of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (known medically as CTS) will most commonly experience the following symptoms within their fingers or hands:
- Pain in the hand or an aching feeling.
- Possible numbness especially during night.
- Pins and needles.
- A dull or even strong burning sensation.
- Possible swelling around the fingers (avoid wearing rings or bracelets).
- Weakness of the entire hand or cramping.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are known to grow gradually worse during the night and you will be able to feel your grip weaken considerably as the condition steadily progresses. You may eventually notice muscle atrophy of the muscles around the thumb begin to lose function or even become clumsy. If these symptoms sound familiar to you, you may be right to suspect carpal tunnel syndrome.
Most common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms typically start when the pressure inside the wrists carpal tunnel becomes too high. This usually results in your median nerve becomes trapped or compressed as it passes through the tunnel which subsequently traps important nerve endings and tendons that provide function to the hand.
The carpal tunnel pressure increase occurs when either of two things happens:
- The space within the carpal tunnel decreases significantly. This can happen if the wrist becomes swollen due to a traumatic injury or the local tissue or if the wrist bones have become fractured or even broken.
- Pressure inside the carpal tunnel can also occur when the contents of the tunnel (tendons, nerves, etc) become enlarged.
Both of the above causes have a high increased risk of causing pressure which can then lead up to carpal tunnel symptoms. Nevertheless, carpal tunnel syndrome may also occur due to
gripping, microvibration and repetitive stress.
Individuals who have are situated within a profession with repetitive wrist actions, like typing, may be more vulnerable to carpal tunnel syndrome. Because of this office workers are especially susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome.
This can also include vibrating tools and continually needing to grip objects and so on, like carpenters or construction workers..
Imbalances of hormones within the body can commonly cause swelling of the hands and also the feet. This can typically be seen in condition’s prevalence in pregnant or middle aged women.
There is a solution
Individuals who suffer mild or moderate symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome have a favorable prognosis from most physical treatments available in Bethesda. The best results primarily occur within the first three months of receiving treatment and the sooner treatment is started, but better the prognosis. Even in severe cases, going through a course of physical therapy can often eliminate the need for surgery. Nevertheless, it’s always worth to consult an expert in the field of physical therapy first. It’s quite possible that surgery can be avoided.
If you suspect that you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, contact Bethesda Metro Physical Therapy Today for professional and effective advice!
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