Signs that You Need Carpal Tunnel Treatment

Carpal Tunnel Treatment

If you’ve ever taken a typing class, you’ve probably heard about carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the pain that develops along the inside of your wrist due to pressure on the median nerves within the carpal tunnel. Sometimes, you can have pain in this area that goes away after a short time, but chronic cases of pain related to carpal tunnel syndrome require professional assistance.

It’s important to be aware of the signs of carpal tunnel syndrome so you know when to seek professional help for your wrist pain.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should seek professional assistance for carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Pain and discomfort in your wrist or palm
  • Tingling and numbness in the fingers (This tingling or numbness usually doesn’t affect your pinkie finger, but it’s possible.) 
  • Loss of strength in your grip and your fingers

If these symptoms persist for long periods of time or make it difficult for you to live out your daily life, you should seek medical attention. Ignoring carpal tunnel syndrome can result in the development of a more serious condition or a permanent disability.

Getting treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome

Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome varies depending on the severity of the condition and other factors like age, pre-existing conditions, medical history and personal goals. For an accurate diagnosis and complete treatment, your physical therapist may require you to get an x-ray and may order an electromyogram (EMG) test to monitor your median nerve.

At Advent Physical Therapy, the main objective of our physical therapists is to strengthen and stretch muscles and tendons around the carpal tunnel to help relieve pressure from the nerve. Treatments are always personalized, but you can expect them to include some of the following:

  • Stretching and exercising to strengthen the area
  • Cold and hot treatments to assist in managing pain
  • Posture education to help patients maintain better wrist position to help avoid pain

Contact Advent Physical Therapy for carpal tunnel treatment

Are you ready to speak with a physical therapist at Advent Physical Therapy about your treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome? Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our 13 locations across West Michigan.