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  • E-Young Khoo

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: How Physiotherapy can give you a Hand

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that affects the wrist and hand, causing numbness, tingling, and pain. It is caused by compression of the median nerve, which runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist and provides sensation to the thumb, index, middle, and part of the ring finger.

CTS is often seen in people who perform repetitive motions with their hands and wrists, such as typing or using hand-held tools for extended periods of time. It can also be a result of conditions such as arthritis, pregnancy, and diabetes.

Physiotherapy is a safe and effective treatment option for CTS. Our physiotherapists will start by conducting a thorough assessment of the patient's symptoms and medical history, and they will design an individualised treatment plan that addresses the specific needs of the patient.

One of the main components of physiotherapy for CTS is exercise. Exercises may include stretches and strengthening exercises that target the wrist and forearm, and they are designed to improve flexibility, range of motion, and strength in these areas.

Manual therapy may also be used to treat CTS. Manual therapy techniques, such as joint mobilisation and massage, can help to reduce pressure on the median nerve, relieve pain, and improve hand and wrist function.

Modalities such as heat or cold therapy, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound may also be used to treat CTS. These techniques can help to reduce pain, swelling, and muscle spasms, and they can also improve circulation and promote healing.

In some cases, splinting or bracing may also be recommended to support the wrist and reduce pressure on the median nerve. Our physiotherapists can provide guidance on the best type of splint or brace to use, and they can help the patient to properly fit and use the device.

It is also important to address any contributing factors, such as ergonomics and work-related habits, that may be contributing to CTS. Our physiotherapists can provide guidance on how to make changes to reduce strain on the wrist and hand, and they can also provide advice on ways to prevent future episodes of CTS.

If you are experiencing symptoms of CTS, it is important to seek the help of one of our qualified physiotherapists as soon as possible. Physiotherapy can help to reduce pain, improve function, and prevent future episodes of CTS, and it can help you to get back to your normal activities as soon as possible.

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