What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common condition that causes pain, tingling and numbness in hands, arms or wrists. This is caused when the main nerves to the hand are pressed as it travels to the wrist, through the “carpal tunnel”, which is located at the base of the hand. 

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More than 8 million people are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) each year in the United States. So, it’s safe to say there are a variety of methods to help treat its pesky and painful symptoms. There are several ways to treat and soothe the pain and symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome; some are surgical and others are non-surgical. With such a high percentage of the population affected by CTS, it’s no wonder the carpal tunnel surgical procedure is the second most popular procedure in musculoskeletal surgery.

Early treatment by a physical therapist or doctor is critical in keeping carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms at bay, leaving surgery as the last option. At Advanced Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, we can treat this syndrome with a variety of methods, which include, cold laser therapyphysical therapy, splinting, physiotherapy, stretching and more. 

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During the winter season, we tend to see a big uptick in the number of flare ups in our carpal tunnel patients. The cold weather stiffens up joints and causes additional lack of flexibility. If you’re noticing your carpal tunnel syndrome seems to be flaring up more often or your symptoms are getting worse, please give us a call or schedule an appointment to meet with one of our staff therapists today. 

Advanced Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy is conveniently located at 18 Newark Pompton Turnpike in Riverdale, NJ. So if you’re looking for carpal tunnel treatment in Northern New Jersey, please contact us today!

NOTE: It’s important to note that any underlying issues, such as arthritis or diabetes, that can cause joint tenderness and pain should be treated before utilizing the above-mentioned therapies. 

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