Carpal Tunnel is the most common hand injury seen in the office. It can be called median nerve compression. Many times carpal tunnel can be caused by chronic overuse of the hand muscle, whether it be typing on the computer for work eight hours a day, texting constantly or even playing video games. Carpal tunnel can cause a feeling of hand numbness along the median nerve, which leads into the thumb, index finger, middle finger and medial half of the ring finger. Pain typically occurs when the ligaments and tendons in the carpal tunnel become swollen or inflamed. Treat for carpal tunnel syndrome
Hand numbness can can be affected by compression of the median nerve, ulnar nerve and radial nerve of the brachial plexus. All of these nerves can be entrapped at multiple sites throughout the neck and arm. We must rule out these conditions and find where the nerve root entrapment takes places so we can treat the entrapment appropriately. The median nerve compression involves feeling of numbness from the thumb, index finger, middle finger and medial half of the ring finger. The ulnar nerve provides feeling to the lateral half of the ring finger and the pinkie finger. The radial nerve provides sensation on the back of the hand. Radial nerve compression is common with someone who often turns the hand over and over. Since we are certified by Active Release Technique Nerve Entrapment this would be the most effective technique to use for all numbness into the hand.
Triangular fibrocartilage complex, is a structural complex located on the lateral side of the wrist (closest to your pinkie finger) that contains the triangular fibrocartilage disc, radioulnar ligaments and ulnocarpal ligaments. Typically this complex becomes injured due to a falling on an outstretch arm or rotational strain on the arm and wrist. Stabilizing the wrist is very important, so a brace maybe recommended for the wrist. Along with the guard, Cold Laser Therapy, Active Release Technique and Kinesiotape can help stabilize the TFCC and improve healing for the scar tissue.