What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
The carpal tunnel is a pathway in the wrist, comprising the eight carpal bones and the connecting ligament. The median nerve and the tendons, which connect the fingers to the muscles of the forearm, are located in this tunnel. Carpal tunnel syndrome takes place when the median nerve becomes compressed due to inflammation of the nerve, tendons or both.
- Dull ache
- Weakness of hand muscles
Carpal tunnel syndrome often occurs after a hand injury, such as a sprain, fracture or crushing impacts. This causes swelling which in-turn places pressure on the median nerve. Repetitive movement and overuse can also induce Carpal tunnel syndrome.
There are numerous ways to begin carpal tunnel syndrome treatment:
- Lifestyle changes – eliminate repetitive motion, increase rest time between movements
- Ice or cold therapy (Physicool) to relieve swelling and pain
- Splint or support
- Surgery (when other avenues do not work)
Applying a Physicool bandage A to the wrist for between 30 minutes and 1 hour will reduce the inflammation and wrist pain, the cooling effects should last for up to two hours and can be applied on a daily basis until the injury has healed.