Using Physical Therapy to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Even if your carpal tunnel symptoms are mild to moderate, getting treatment as soon as possible is essential to avoid long term nerve damage. The sooner you get treatment to manage your carpal tunnel pain, the less likely your symptoms are to progress and become debilitating. In many cases, carpal tunnel syndrome can be managed with conservative and non-invasive treatments like physical therapy.

At Republic Spine and Pain, our pain management doctors and specialists offer several treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome at three convenient locations in Georgetown, Lakeway, and Austin, Texas.

How physical therapy helps carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed. As its name suggests, the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway full of nerves and connective tissue at the base of the wrists. The median nerve, which runs the length of each arm and passes through the carpal tunnel in the hands, controls movement and sensation in the thumb, index, and middle fingers. 

Any narrowing in the carpal tunnel (usually due to inflammation) can compress the median nerve and cause pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling. 

Common causes and risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome include:

Anyone can develop carpal tunnel syndrome, but certain risk factors like your job or medical conditions that cause inflammation can increase your chances. 

Physical therapy treatments help with both carpal tunnel syndrome related symptoms, like pain, and some of the underlying causes like occupational strain, wrist positioning, soft tissue injuries, and posture.

The first step in determining the right treatment plan for your carpal tunnel pain is diagnosing the source and extent of the compression and damage to your median nerve. Our pain management specialists use several diagnostic testing options, including digital imaging to design a comprehensive treatment plan that’s customized just for you. 

Physical therapy treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome consist of therapeutic exercise, stretching, and activity modification, if necessary. Wearing a splint to stabilize the wrist is also a common treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Our specialists can also help you address underlying problems that cause or increase your risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, such as arthritis, overuse injuries, or nerve damage.

Contact Republic Spine and Pain for more information about our treatment plans for carpal tunnel syndrome and pain management programs at our offices in Lakeway, Georgetown, and Austin, Texas.

You Might Also Enjoy...

5 Ways to Treat Cancer Pain

Pain is one of the unfortunate side effects of cancer, but there are several things you can do to find relief and treatment for cancer-related pain. Here’s what you need to know about cancer pain treatments and how to find the right one for you.

The Stages of a Migraine

Migraines are complex, and the effects can be debilitating and last for several days. Here’s what you need to know about migraine triggers, stages, and symptoms. Keep reading to learn more.

When Is Interventional Pain Management Appropriate?

If you’re experiencing chronic or debilitating pain affecting your health and quality of life, interventional pain management can help you get your pain under control. Here’s how it works and when to seek pain treatment.

Is It Sciatica?

Are you feeling pain in your back that is radiating into your leg? It’s easy to confuse sciatica with types of low back or leg pain. Here’s what you need to know about sciatica pain and when to see a pain management specialist for relief.

Take These Steps to Prevent Migraines

Even a mild migraine headache can be painful and interfere with your normal routine. Here’s what you need to know about migraine triggers and what you can do to prevent your next migraine before it starts.

Can Nerve Blocks Help Arthritis?

If you’re one of the millions of Americans living with arthritis pain and stiffness, you’ve probably considered many treatments. Here’s what you need to know about nerve blocks and if they can help you manage your arthritis symptoms.