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5 Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


By Ann Dahl, OTR, CWC

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most common conditions of the hand.  It happens when there is pressure on the median nerve that is in the wrist.  It can be caused by repetitive or strenuous hand activities, arthritis, or fractures.  Ultimately there are many causes that can contribute to the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Here are the 5 most common signs that you may have with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

  1. Pain in the fingers, hand and wrist
  2. Numbness usually in the fingers
  3. Tingling in the fingers and sometimes the palm
  4. Weak grasp and poor dexterity with small items
  5. Drop objects when trying to hold onto them

Numbness and tingling is common in the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring finger.  Sometimes symptoms are worse in the morning or at night while you sleep but they can also be felt during daily activities.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be treated conservatively by working with an experienced Occupational Therapist/Hand Therapist.  Starting with a comprehensive evaluation to determine the main cause of the problem a customized therapy program can be designed for you.  The Occupational Therapist will start with education about this condition, how to relieve the symptoms and most importantly how to prevent its recurrence!

 Therapy may include splinting, exercises, activity or work modification and consideration of other health conditions that also may be a factor. We will work with you and your doctor conservatively first.  Only a few cases need cortisone injections or surgery. This is good news!

Give us a call at Wieber Physical Therapy to see how we can help you in reduce and eliminate the nagging symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!

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