Hand therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy or occupational therapy that focuses on the hands and upper extremities. As you can imagine, there are a plethora of injuries and conditions that fall under that umbrella. For information on some of the other conditions that fall in that category, visit our physical therapy page. We offer hand therapy services, including carpal tunnel PT or OT in all of our offices throughout the greater east valley area of Phoenix, AZ.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel is one of the main conditions treated by physical therapists who are certified in hand therapy. This condition is characterized by numbness, tingling, or weakness in the hand. This can travel up the length of the forearm, creating chronic problems and interfering with your range of motion.
The condition is pressure on the median nerve caused by inflammation and swelling in the tendons and ligaments in the wrist. This is a nerve that runs the length of the arm through a passage in the wrist to the hand. This passage is called the carpal tunnel. This nerve controls movement and feeling in the thumb, and movement in the fingers.
It tends to be caused by repetitive movement in the hand, especially when the movement involves the hand below the wrist.
Carpal Tunnel Physical Therapy Services
If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s a good idea to get your hand and upper extremities checked out by a physical therapist or your doctor. A hand therapy specialist will be able to tell you if you need to seek therapy or even a more aggressive solution, such as carpal tunnel release surgery.
When caught early, simple solutions like wearing a wrist brace tend improve symptoms in the hands and wrists. However, if symptoms persist, they can either become worsened, or appear to go away, only to return later. At worst, symptoms can become permanent.
For assistance in diagnosing or treating carpal tunnel, please contact our office at (480) 833-1005. Our physical and occupational therapists will be able to evaluate and treat your condition, or connect you to available resources in your area.