Common ways the carpal tunnel will become inflamed are:
1. Volume: A large spike in use over a short time may cause fatigue and compensation (maybe like all that Christmas postcards we’ve been writing)
2. Repetition: Continual and repetitive use of the same hand and wrist motions may aggravate tendons and produce swelling
3. Positioning: Poor hand and wrist mechanics or positions in certain tasks may compress the carpal tunnel, pinching the nerves and tendons below
4. Pregnancy: Hormonal changes during this period often lead to changes in swelling too
5. Health Conditions: Diabetes, being over weight, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid gland imbalances may be associated
So what can be done about it?
It starts with a thorough assessment. Physiotherapists are health professionals trained in anatomy and musculoskeletal conditions. We can help identify the site and severity of the median nerve irritation (because it may not always be at the wrist alone), and with some targeted treatment, the neck, shoulder and arm muscles can all be managed, resulting in less pain and discomfort!
Here are some key areas below:
What about the Median Nerve itself, can that be treated?
So get cracking (or should we say… gliding), those Christmas postcards aren’t going to write themselves!