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Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition where the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed, causing tingling, numbness, weakness, and pain. If untreated, it can lead to permanent nerve damage. Physiotherapy is an effective treatment option.


What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS is a condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the hand, becomes compressed. The median nerve controls sensations in the thumb, index, middle, and part of the ring fingers and helps with muscle control in the hand.


Causes of CTS

CTS can be caused by a variety of factors, including

  • Repetitive motions of the wrist and hand, such as typing or using tools
  • Trauma to the wrist or hand
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Thyroid problems
  • Fluid retention
  • Obesity


Symptoms of CTS

  • Tingling and numbness in the thumb, index, middle, and part of the ring fingers
  • Weakness in the hand and wrist
  • Pain in the wrist and hand
  • Difficulty gripping objects


Diagnosis of CTS

A physiotherapist will diagnose CTS by asking questions about symptoms and performing a physical examination. Tests such as an X-ray, MRI, or nerve conduction study may also be ordered to confirm the diagnosis.


Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Resting the affected hand and wrist
  • Wearing a splint or brace
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Applying cold compresses
  • Physiotherapy


Role of physiotherapy in the treatment of CTS

Physiotherapy can help to reduce pain and improve the function of the hand and wrist. A physiotherapist will develop a customized treatment plan that may include stretching and strengthening exercises, manual therapy, ultrasound therapy, electrotherapy, and modalities to reduce inflammation and swelling.


Benefits of physiotherapy for CTS

  • Reduce pain and improve hand and wrist function
  • Prevent further damage to the median nerve
  • Improve grip strength
  • Prevent the need for surgery
  • Improve overall quality of life



Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can cause significant discomfort and impact daily activities. Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment option to reduce pain and improve hand and wrist function. At Physio Active, our team of experienced physiotherapists will develop a personalized treatment plan to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life.


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