What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Did you know Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS for short, can affect anyone, at any age? No matter if you are working at your desk, lifting weights, swinging a baseball bat or tennis racket, everyone is prone to the condition. Any activity that inflicts abnormal pressure on the median nerve for that matter can bring on the problem.
Hold your hand palm up in front of you and wiggle your fingers. Notice the skin movement, but also tendons, ligament and bone? When you have CPS, say hello to the transverse carpal ligament. Opposite this ligament is your wrist bones and travelling between the two is the median nerve, which delivers messages to the thumb and remaining fingers except your pinky finger. When the nerve becomes compressed, this is where you will notice numbness and tingling sensations.
Early Intervention for CPS
At first, CPS may seem like a minor inconvenience which brings us to the question, “Can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Go Away on its Own? We usually get this question after a patient has tried to treat the problem at home. Perhaps they are doing hand stretches and applying ice to their wrist but no avail. By the time they come in for treatment, the condition has worsened, and perhaps they are taking time off from work, leisure, or sports due to the pain. It is tough to say for sure if your condition relieves itself. At the very least, anti-inflammatories can help reduce swelling and pain. However, the longer you wait to get treatment, your condition may worsen. What is more, is that you often guess at your diagnosis.
Stretches for CPS
Here are some wrist stretches you can do at home. If your condition does not improve within two weeks, however, the best call to make is to the experts. CPS can be serious and require surgery.
If you think you might have carpal tunnel syndrome it’s best to book an appointment with a qualified physical therapist to get a full assessment and treatment plan in place– no doctor referral needed!*
*A doctor referral may be required to access your third party insurance