Involving the wrist and hand, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common overuse injuries. While numbness, tingling, and loss of grip strength frequently plague sufferers of CTS, pain can be a problem too. Here’s more information about CTS and details regarding the top three exercises you can do as part of your physical therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome. What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is a chronic nerve entrapment injury of the wrist and hand. The ... [Read More]
Recovery from Carpal Fractures
Most everyone knows about carpal tunnel syndrome – the pain, numbness, and tingling that typically defines the very common overuse injury of the hand and wrist. Lesser known is that nearly one in four wrist fractures involves the carpal bones, the two rows of small bones that permit the wrist’s range of motion. As is the case with any orthopedic injury, fracturing the carpal bones certainly can set you back. Here’s more about carpal fractures, and how to recover from one should it happen to ... [Read More]
How to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that is named for the area it affects. The carpal tunnel is a small passageway for nerves and tendons in the wrist. When the median nerve becomes compressed in that narrow passageway, carpal tunnel syndrome results. If you’re experiencing numbness and tingling in the hand – especially in the thumb or fingers – there’s a good chance you have carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms don’t affect the pinky (littlest) finger because that finger is controlled by a ... [Read More]
Is it Carpal Tunnel or Arthritis?
Both carpal tunnel and arthritis are common causes of hand and wrist pain. Both may cause pain and stiffness. Hand numbness and pain may worsen over time, wax and wane, affect both sides or only one, and may also be related to a particular activity such as typing. While only a qualified physician can determine if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, or another underlying cause, there are several symptoms that can help to determine what may be causing your hand related issues. Major ... [Read More]