What Can You Do For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Well here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you visit me for your carpal tunnel syndrome:

1. A thorough history. It is VITALLY important, as your doctor, that I ask about job related stressors, hobby related stressors (such as computer work or playing musical instruments), telephone work, or working out – especially if any activities are fast and repetitive and cause compression here at the wrist. I will also need to learn about other health conditions that can directly or indirectly cause carpal tunnel syndrome such as diabetes, thyroid disease, certain types of arthritis, as well as certain medication that have side effects which cause carpal tunnel syndrome, among other things.

2. A Physical Exam. I will need to determine the area(s) of nerve compression and degree of severity. This generally includes a thorough orthopedic and neurological evaluation. It may include ordering special tests such as EMG/NCV or MRI, if necessary.

3. Treatments can include manipulation, soft tissue release via the Graston Technique or Fast Technique, and my favorite treatment technique….laser therapy. Laser therapy is really neat because the laser will decrease pain and inflammation associated with your carpal tunnel syndrome. Most patients with laser therapy see long term relief in just 2-3 weeks. And lastly…

4. Home Therapies. This is the what can YOU do for yourself to help your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Here are some of the things that a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome sufferer can do to help themselves:

  • Ice your wrists
  • Stretch your neck, chest muscles, forearms, and wrists
  • Wear carpal tunnel splints, and
  • Modify your job tasks or hobbies that may be irritating your carpal tunnel syndrome.



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