Methods Of Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Physical Therapy For Hands
Physical therapy for the hands helps strengthen the muscles and tendons in the wrist, and it can relieve pain and other symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. During a physical therapy session, the therapist may teach the patient nerve gliding exercises. These help the median nerve move more smoothly and freely within the carpal tunnel. Patients will be guided in these exercises during their therapy sessions, and they will also be asked to repeat them several times a day at home. Depending on the severity of the patient's symptoms, some physical therapists may use ultrasound therapy, heat, ice, massage, or acupuncture during a session. Other therapists might also use gentle TENS stimulation to help with pain relief. Patients may need to continue with physical therapy sessions for several months, and they should always inform their therapist of any new or worsening symptoms.