Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Wrist and Forearm

Symptoms

Symptoms for Carpal Tunnel usually start gradually and can sometimes include:

  • Tingling and numbness in your fingers and/or hand. You may also feel this sensation travel from your wrist up your arm. These symptoms often occur while gripping something tight with your hand.

Due to the numbness in your hand, you may experience weakness in your whole hand or weakness of the thumb’s pinching muscles.

How it occurs

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common occupational injury and can occur from lifting, typing and repetitive strain. It is caused by pressure on the median nerve.

Treatment

Caught early, carpal tunnel syndrome can be managed to make sure it does not esclate. Some simple tips that you can do at home if you feel some of the symptoms of Carpal tunnel include:

  • Take frequent breaks to rest your hands, if you are typing, etc.
  • Avoid any activities that increase your pain or make it worse.
  • Apply cold packs, this will help  with inflammation and swelling.

In most cases Carpal Tunnel can be treated with us here at Action Rehab with nonsurgical therapy. Our therapists will work with you to create a custom thermoplastic waterproof orthosis that will hold your wist still and can relieve some symptoms. In some cases surgery may be the best option if your symptoms do not respond to other treatments.

Before the surgery, we make sure you know what you can expect from it. After the surgery, we prepare and then implement your hand rehabilitation program, which can include:

  • Orthotics/Bracing/Splinting
  • Massage
  • Joint Protection
  • Education
  • Strengthening

The rehabilitation program will look to prevent post-surgery joint stiffness, promote muscle mobility and maximise the movement and capability of your hand.

Meet Casey

Clinic Manager

Casey Blay graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice. Casey is a brilliant basketballer and was an elite junior who travelled to the United States on a College basketball scholarship before injuries took their toll. Basketballs loss is our patients gain in that Casey’s shoulder injury is the reason why she is so passionate about patients with shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand injuries.

Book a senior therapist consultation

Ben, our senior therapist, will offer advice on any management strategies you may need. Please note, if you request ongoing care, you will only have to pay our current rates. We do not charge Worksafe and TAC clients for any consultations.

Call 1300 76227to book an appointment or Click Here to book.

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