What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

28 Jun, 2016 | Dr. Malik | No Comments

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

With the increase use of smartphones and tablets we are noticing that more patients are experiencing numbness and tingling into their fingers. These symptoms can be a sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

The carpal tunnel is a small tunnel located within the wrist. This tunnel allows the passage of tendons, nerves and blood vessels to the fingers, as shown below:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Mississauga Pain Clinic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too much pressure on the carpal tunnel can collapse the opening. This can cause pressure to build on one of the main nerves, called the Median nerve. The median nerve supplies sensation to the hand as shown below:

Median Nerve - Mississauga Pain Clinic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include:

  • Numbness or pins and needles in the fingers
  • Pain and numbness that is worse at night and can interrupt sleep
  • Hand weakness
  • Burning pain in the thumb, index and middle fingers

The chances of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can increase due to:

  • Wrist fracture or dislocation
  • Women tend to have a higher risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome than men
  • Nerve-damaging conditions
  • Using a computer or electronic device

If you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome what should you do?

  • See a doctor if symptoms persist
  • Stretches can help reduce the severity
  • Splints or braces can help prevent reinjury
  • Corticosteriod injections can help reduce the pain and inflammation
  • Surgery may be required if the symptoms do not go away

At the clinic, we offer different treatment options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, including:

  • Joint mobilization and manipulation
  • Targeted muscle stretches
  • Graston Therapy
  • Electroacupunture
  • Interferential Therapy
  • Braces and Supports

In most cases, the above mentioned treatments can help reduce the symptoms of  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. If a patient does not respond, they may be a candidate for surgery. A video of carpal tunnel surgery can be found below (not for the faint of heart!)


To help prevent surgery, here are a few stretches that can help if you are suffering from  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The goal is to help open the tunnel, and relax the forearm muscles helping to provide space for the Median nerve.

Carpal Tunnel Stretches - Mississauga Pain Clinic

To learn more about  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, book a free consultation today! Ph: 905-593-1605.