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Preventing carpal tunnel syndrome with physical therapy

December 2nd, 2019
Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome With Physical Therapy

Carpal tunnel syndrome refers to wrist and hand pain that results from constriction in the carpal tunnel of the wrist. This is a narrow passage of bone and connective tissue that allows blood vessels and nerves to travel from the arms into the hands and fingers. While there are many factors that contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome, ergonomics and wrist posture are believed to play a role. 

If you are experiencing some of the early warning signs of carpal tunnel syndrome, such as sore wrists, working with a physical therapist can help. While there is no way to completely prevent the development of carpal tunnel syndrome, taking a proactive approach to the health of your wrists is a great way to lower the likelihood that it will develop. 

Steps to carpal tunnel syndrome prevention and wrist pain relief

When you meet with a physical therapist to relieve wrist pain and potentially prevent the development of carpal tunnel syndrome, the first thing you can expect is a detailed assessment of your current condition. This should include the following steps: 

  • A review of your medical and treatment history
  • Discussion of your symptoms and lifestyle, including any repetitive motions that put pressure on your wrists 
  • A hands-on examination of your wrists and hands
  • Movement and posture tests 

A carpal tunnel syndrome prevention plan should consist of wrist posture training, strength and stability exercises, and manual therapies designed to reduce the pressure on the nerves that pass through the carpal tunnel. You can also receive education about lifestyle changes, such as ergonomic improvements and eating an anti-inflammatory diet, that can have a positive impact on the health of your wrists. 

Carpal tunnel syndrome prevention with an experienced team

At Rehab Access, our talented team has been helping people overcome carpal tunnel syndrome for years. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with the condition or are looking to head it off at the pass, we can help you develop an individualized action plan to help. 

We built our clinic on delivering the highest level of patient-centered care and understand that positive outcomes are often built on mutual respect and communication. Start your treatment journey today by contacting us and scheduling your initial appointment.