What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be a painful and debilitating condition, but there are many effective ways to treat and prevent it. The carpal tunnel is a small tunnel in the wrist that contains tendons and nerves. When this tunnel becomes inflamed, it can cause pain, tingling, and weakness in the hand. Common causes include poor ergonomics at the desk, repetitive motions, and pregnancy.

To treat carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important to identify and address the factors that are causing the irritation. This may involve modifying or avoiding certain activities, using a wrist splint, and receiving occupational therapy. Occupational therapy can provide tailored treatment options such as anti-inflammatory modalities, pain management, nerve mobility, and activity modification.

If symptoms persist and become severe, carpal tunnel release surgery may be necessary. This is a relatively small surgery that involves an incision in the wrist to open the nerve sheath and allow more room for the nerves to conduct signals to and from the hand. Following surgery, occupational therapy can help optimize recovery and return to daily activities.

By taking steps to prevent and treat carpal tunnel syndrome, individuals can improve their quality of life and regain the use of their hands without pain or discomfort.