Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments in Kansas City
Carpal Tunnel treatment in Kansas City
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) involves the median nerve that runs through your forearm and supplies sensory and motor function to the hand. As the median never enters the palm of the hand it passes under a ligamentous band (the transverse carpal ligament). This ligament and the bones of the wrist (the carpal bones) together form the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel can sometimes become irritated due to hormonal factors, but is most commonly caused by repetitive work with the hands and wrists.
- Pain in the hand wrist or forearm
- Numbness and/or tingling in the thumb, index finger and middle finger
- Decreased grip strength
- Difficulty with holding a pen or pencil
- Inability to perform precise movements or activities with the thumb, index or middle fingers
- Stiffness and a limited range of motion in the wrist.
Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
While the aim of surgery is to release the transverse carpal ligament and remove the compression from the median nerve, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can effectively be treated with conservative management. Treatment interventions involve soft tissue therapy, such as ART or dry needling, to the muscles of the forearm and hand to release pressure in the surrounding area, joint mobilizations of the elbow, wrist and hand, nerve glides to improve mobility and health of the nerve, and strengthening exercises to restore muscular imbalances that are present. Postural corrections, ergonomic changes, and activity modification are often required for lasting relief of symptoms.
Our Treatment Process
F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic doctors will focus your treatment first around decreasing your symptoms and improving your ability to perform your daily activities. This is also the stage where we will discuss work place set up and modifications that may need to be made to reduce the stress place on the wrist joint. Once your pain discomfort is managed, the emphasis will shift to re-educating and correcting movement patterns of the arm which will include stabilizing the shoulder, elbow and wrist and strengthening the proper areas while releasing any tightness throughout the upper extremity.
It is important to note that your symptoms may in fact be stemming from your neck, which can very closely mimics those of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The team at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic are experts at fully evaluating your individual problem and getting you on the road to recovery quickly.
Possible Treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome
For other treatment options, check out physical therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Active Release Techniques
Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) are some of the leading soft tissue therapies for the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.Learn More
Dry Needling is the process of using a thin needle inserted into a trigger point to relieve a contracture within a muscle.Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a carpal tunnel test you can perform?
Yes we perform various orthopedic tests such as phalen's maneuver to determine whether you are experiencing carpal tunnel symptoms or another dysfunction.
How do I know if I need carpal tunnel surgery?
Your provider will discuss your options with you. Often if you are not experiencing relief with conservative care surgical intervention is recommended.
What are some carpal tunnel syndrome causes?
Carpal tunnel syndrome can be the result of numerous causes. Repetitive trauma that results in an inflammatory response as well as repetitive motions where excessive stress placed on the median nerve can both lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Tell us about your pain.
Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.
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