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Condition: Carpal Tunnel
Medical Name: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
What is it: Compression on the median nerve as it travels through the wrist through a narrow space known as the Carpal Tunnel. This is one of the most common entrapment sites of nerves in the body. Compression of the nerve normally comes from inflammation of the tendons, which can thicken and compress the median nerve, leading to numbness, tingling or weakness in the hand.
Typical Tx: Decompression of the tunnel with stretching and strengthening exercises. Surgical release in severe cases.
How we treat it: Targeted soft tissue to the tendons/ligaments of the carpal tunnel. Decompression through manipulation of the joints creating the tunnel, stretching and strengthening of muscles, nerve flossing and ergonomic evaluation to reduce strain/compression through the wrist.
Stephen’s Take: Constant loading of the wrist into extension compresses the tunnel which leads to inflammation, thickening and/or fibrosis of the tendons in the tunnel. It is becoming common knowledge that long periods of typing increases the risk of developing it but something people often overlook is ballistic loading of the wrist. Pushups, burpees, clean and jerks, snatches, olympic lifts or heavy overhead exercises with improper amounts of extension can contribute to symptoms.
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