Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed and irritated as it passes down the wrist via the carpal tunnel into the hand.
Causes: Carpel tunnel syndrome tends to develop in sports and activities that involve frequent and repetitive movements of the wrist. Examples include tennis, squash, rowing, gardening and knitting. It can also be caused by a direct injury to the wrist from an external force; e.g. rugby tackle or a sudden fall leading to median nerve compression.
Symptoms & Diagnosis: The injury involves predominantly the nerve and therefore the problem may exhibit pain, weakness, tingling or numbness in your fingers. Repetitive actions such as typing can also aggravate the pain.
Management: Various physiotherapy techniques can aid the recovery and ease the symptoms of the problem. The correct diagnosis must be given by a skilled physiotherapist. In extreme cases, surgery may be required to decompress the median nerve in the carpal tunnel.
Please feel free to contact the G4 Clinic to speak to a member of the team for any questions that you may have.