This is the top 3 exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome. carpal tunnel syndrome involves a nerve called the median nerve. The median nerve starts at C5 to T1 which is right here. So about the middle lower part of your neck. The nerve travels down your arm, down the front of your arm, in front your elbow and into the hand. It innervates or gives sensation to the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger. So that is your median nerve. That is the nerve that is problematic in carpal tunnel.
Syndrome. the carpal tunnel is right here. so carpal means wrist bones. there is actually a little tunnel formed with a little sheath over top where that median nerve goes through. People with carpal tunnel syndrome what they will see is they will have numbness in that area. Then this area right here in the thumb is called the thenar eminence, that area will begin wasting away. What happens is frequently that is becoming pinched here. Also what can happen is you can get pressure on the median.
Nerve in the neck, in this area right here especially with an elevated first rib. it can also happen down the arm as well. So these are the top 3 exercises that we do for carpal tunnel syndrome. Frequent problems are this. This movement right here. If that is painful or causes numbness or tingling into your hands especially into this area, that is carpal tunnel. That is called Phalens or reverse Phalens test. Exercise 1 that we do for carpal tunnel syndrome. To stretch the median nerve, you.
Do palm up, hand down, elbow straight. you should feel a stretch right through here. Then what you can do is take your ear to the opposite shoulder. So you head is going away from you hand. In the we do a 30 second hold. As people get more advanced, they put their hand on the wall and lean the opposite way. 30 second hold, 3 times. Another thing that we do is a something called a median nerve release and it goes like this: Hand stretched out, make a fist, first. Hold it for 5 seconds. Hand out straight,.
Hold 5 seconds. make almost like a puppet position, hold 5 seconds. palm up, hold 5 seconds. Reach underneath, grab the thumb, pull back, hold 5 seconds. That is exercise 2. Frequently we will have people go through that 2 or 3 times. Exercise 3 is called a first rib stretch. What we do is this: we take a towel, if I have carpal tunnel on the right side, and I have some sort of tightness right here in what is called the brachial plexus but basically right here, this area. If somebody has carpal.
Tunnel and they are going like this a lot especially if they are a rightsided sleeper, this is an area that we want to address. You can get carpal tunnel symptoms from pressure on the median nerve right here. It is frequently missed even with an xray or an MRI. What we do is we put the towel directly on this area which your first rib is right here. The towel is over top of your shoulder, pull down, one arm in the front, one hand in the back. Then you lean the opposite direction. You are going to feel a really nice stretch.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Repair Surgery PreOp Patient Education Medical HD
Your has recommended that you undergo hand surgery to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. But what exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome? The median nerve, which carries sensation to the thumb and first three fingers, passes through a natural passageway in the wrist. This opening called the carpal tunnel is formed by archshaped wrist bones and a connecting ligament. Various conditions, such as pregnancy, injury, arthritis and changes in the tendons caused.
By repetitive motion can crowd the already narrow tunnel, putting pressure on the nerve. This added pressure can cause a tingling sensation in the fingers and the thumb and may even lead to numbness, pain and restricted movement. This combination of symptoms is called the carpal tunnel syndrome. Your Procedure: On the day of your operation, you will be asked to put on a surgical gown.
You may receive a sedative by mouth and an intravenous line may be put in. You will then be transferred to the operating table. Your will scrub thoroughly and will apply an antiseptic solution to the skin around the area where the incision will be made. Next, the surgeon will numb the involved area of the hand and wrist with an anesthetic,.
Either with a local injection or by completely blocking a nerve higher up on the arm. When the operative field is completely numb the surgeon will make an incision. Skin and other tissue will be carefully drawn aside to expose the carpal ligament. Then the surgeon will cut the ligament, relieving pressure on the nerve that runs beneath it. Finally the will close the incision with fine sutures.