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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Reducing Pain


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is when the median nerve is impinged in the carpal tunnel of the wrist that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand. One intervention that occupational therapists provide is an orthotic and schedule of when to wear it. It is important to follow that schedule because studies say it can reduce pain and allow you to complete functional daily tasks. One study showed a statistical significance in reducing pain and improving functional outcomes for people who wore night-time orthotics versus those that did not. Another study showed a statistical significance in reduced pain symptoms for people who wore their orthotic at night and participated in educational sessions. According to studies, it is beneficial to wear an orthotic at night to reduce pain. But what are other evidenced base strategies to help reduce pain during the day?

Strategies to reduce pain during the day:

  • Stretching

  • Ultrasound

  • Exercises

  • Proper Ergonomics*

  • Adaptive equipment*

An occupational therapist can help reduce or eliminate the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome without surgical intervention. If you think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, please reach out to our clinic to schedule an evaluation. We'd love to help you!

*Egronomics-the study of people's efficiency in their working environment

Example: using a keyboard or mouse that keeps wrist in neutral position to help reduce pain

*Adaptive equipment- devices used to assist with completing a task in everyday life

Example: using an electric can opener versus regular can opener to help reduce pain

References:

https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD003219/abstract

http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2013.006031

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16767058

#carpaltunnelsyndrom #occupationaltherapy #wristpain #wristnumbness #wristtingling #properergonomics

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