Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common nerve dysfunctions found in the upper extremity. This condition is often associated with night-time wakening due to compression of the nerve when the wrist is in a bent position. This is perceived as a tingling sensation into the fingers, feeling like your hand has fallen asleep. The use of a night splint or brace can be one effective and inexpensive tool in the management of this condition.
A lot of people are not aware that CTS can be effectively treated by a physiotherapist. A detailed assessment will allow the therapist to identify the underlying cause of the CTS, as there are many different factors to consider for each individual. The root cause of this condition may be localized to the wrist and hand, but may also be caused by nerve compromise higher up in the chain, at the shoulder girdle or even in the neck at the spinal level.
Treatment often involves ergonomic changes to your workstation, postural correction and education, prescription of a splint or brace, modalities such as ultrasound and interferential current, acupuncture, IMS, manual therapy and exercises. If you have further questions about potential treatment options, including night splints, feel free to contact the team at Back Works for more information.