Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Medical Management and Treatment Options
Treatment is aimed at decreasing pain, restoring normal function and improving function. Anti-inflammatory medication is quite often used to help decrease inflammation. People may opt for the use of braces and/or sprints to hold the wrist in a neutral position. This may help relieve compression on the medial nerve. A surgery used to reduce compression is gaining in popularity although the results of the surgery seem to be 50/50 at best and have an extended recovery period.
Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy and when appropriate a properly designed exercise program can all help relieve pain and restore function. Located in central Nanaimo, Pure Body Balance has several practitioners who can help guide you on your path to recovery. Whether you choose to have a surgery performed or want to manage CTS with a more natural approach seeing a qualified Physiotherapist such as Bob Jacobsen, or Matthew Walters, should be your first step. Combined with treatment from a Registered Massage Therapist aimed at promoting blood flow to the tissues and relieving tension in the muscles and tendons, Patients can see optimal results.
Stretching should focus on deltoids, lats, pectorals, trapezius, and posterior shoulder girdle.
Strengthening should focus on strengthening of the forearm, the wrist, rotator cuff strengthening and grip strengthening. It is important to establish and maintain a proper exercise program as part of the recovery process.
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