Los Angeles Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
LOS ANGELES CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is best described as increased pressure on a nerve in the wrist resulting in associated hand weakness, tingling, numbness, pain, clumsiness, and a tendency to drop things.
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are often worse at night, and may include numbness, tingling, and pain, most often in the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. Symptoms can also escalate to shocking sensations in the hand with radiating pain into the upper arm. Shaking the arm/hand often temporarily relieves these symptoms.
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur for various reasons including; swelling, dislocations, fractures, arthritis, surgery, pregnancy, repetitive wrist motion or keeping the wrist bent for long periods of time. Often individuals sleep with their wrists curled, resulting in increased pressure on the nerve at night.
Who most commonly gets carpal tunnel syndrome?
Women aged 40-50, are more likely to experience symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome compared to men. The dominant hand is more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome first. An individual with diabetes or other metabolic disorders that directly affect the body’s nerves, as well as swelling from pregnancy can also make individuals more susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome. Professions that require repetitive wrist motions i.e. assembly workers, are also more likely to experience symptoms.
What are nonsurgical treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome?
There are several conservative measures to be considered before steroid injections or surgery. Nonsurgical treatment should begin as early as possible to avoid permanent damage from a compressed nerve. Initial treatment involves resting the hand and avoiding any activities that worsen the symptoms. Patients that seek medical attention are often referred for hand therapy for nonsurgical management of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Hand therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
For individuals seeking a therapist in Los Angeles for carpal tunnel syndrome, it is highly recommended to consult with a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). A therapist (either physical or occupational therapy) that has pursued advanced training to become a CHT can perform a thorough individual evaluation and create a treatment plan that will optimize recovery. They are highly skilled in various techniques and can customize a rehabilitation program that is most appropriate for your specialized hand needs. They can fabricate custom splints or apply non-invasive modalities to help reduce your symptoms. Hand therapists can also provide appropriate exercises for flexibility, stretching and strength, techniques for reducing swelling, as well as extensive education for activity modification, ergonomics, and proper body mechanics.
When symptoms do not improve, steroid injection or surgery can be considered.
Advanced Therapy Center
At Advanced Therapy Center we only employ highly qualified therapists with extensive clinical experience. Our therapists are Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) or therapists who are actively pursuing the advanced certification.
We work closely with the referring physician and our patients in order to meet their therapy goals. We strive to ensure quality care with personal attention. We pride ourselves on in the individualized treatments our patients receive, which in turn allow for maximal recovery and returning to their meaningful lives as quickly as possible.
At Advanced Therapy Center we additionally specialize in rehabilitation following sports injuries that affect the hand upper extremity. Because of our expert skills, we have been recognized as a trustworthy facility to rehabilitate numerous professional athletes in various sports including: basketball, baseball, golf, hockey, tennis, surfing, boxing, and racecar driving. We are also the official hand clinic of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers.
Where is Advanced Therapy Center
Our office is located in Torrance, California, centrally located between the two main South Bay Hospitals: Torrance Memorial Hospital and Little Company of Mary Hospital.
The local South Bay cities that can quickly access our facility include: El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes, Carson, San Pedro and Long Beach.
Patients needing hand therapy are willing to drive long distances to seek treatment at Advanced Therapy Center. We have patients that drive from several greater Los Angeles areas including the San Fernando Valley, Beverly Hills, San Bernardino and San Diego.
Carpal Tunnel Causes
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is caused by increased pressure on a nerve in the wrist resulting in associated weakness, clumsiness, and a tendency to drop things. Symptoms are often worse at night, and may include numbness, tingling, and pain, most often in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers.
Los Angeles Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This can occur for various reasons including; swelling, dislocations, fractures, arthritis, surgery, pregnancy, repetitive wrist motion or keeping the wrist bent for long periods of time. Hand therapists are a great resource for helping patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. We can provide custom splints, appropriate exercises for flexibility and strength, as well as customized education for proper body mechanics, activity modification and ergonomics. If you are hoping to try conservative measures before steroid injections or surgery, consider hand therapy.