Carpal tunnel treatment — lasting relief without surgery

In the wrists, the carpal tunnels are very narrow passageways that allow blood vessels and nerves to pass from the arms to the hands. These narrow tunnels, made of bone and soft tissue, can become very easily constricted. This in turn puts pressure on the nerves passing through, which can develop into the collection of painful symptoms known as carpal tunnel syndrome. 

One form of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is a surgical procedure known as carpal tunnel release. This is where a surgeon goes in to cut and remove certain ligaments to relieve pressure on the median nerve, which has been entrapped due to carpal tunnel syndrome. Like any form of surgery, this is typically seen as a last resort due to the risks and difficulties involved with any surgery. The good news is that physical therapy can be a highly effective means of carpal tunnel treatment to help patients find lasting relief without the need for an invasive procedure. 

How physical therapists can help with carpal tunnel syndrome

After receiving a full evaluation that involves a physical examination, discussion of symptoms, and questions about lifestyle and treatment goals, you and your therapist can work together to develop a carpal tunnel treatment plan. While everyone is different, common physical therapy methods include: 

  • Therapeutic exercise — Strengthening the supporting muscles of the wrist can help improve stability and relieve some of the pressure on the medial branch nerve. 
  • Manual therapy — Techniques like soft tissue mobilization help to increase range of motion and improve wrist pain.
  • Wrist posture training — By learning proper wrist posture and movement, patients can reduce the pressure on the wrists that can exacerbate carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Myofascial release — Also known as trigger point therapy, physical therapists can use targeted hands-on techniques to break up bundles of tissue in the wrist. 
  • Ergonomic and lifestyle coaching — Physical therapists can also share knowledge on ergonomic and lifestyle changes that can help to minimize carpal tunnel syndrome flare-ups as you go through your day. 

By committing to a carpal tunnel treatment program with their therapist, patients can very often successfully manage symptoms and avoid the need for surgery. 

Carpal tunnel treatment expertise 

When you come to Back in Motion, our expert therapists can help you develop an individualized carpal tunnel treatment plan that is built around your needs and lifestyle. Don’t let carpal tunnel syndrome manage your life; start your journey toward relief today. Contact us to schedule your initial appointment.