Pins And Needles In Your Hands ? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The carpal tunnel is a natural tunnel formed at the front of the carpal, or wrist, bones. Several different structures run through the tunnel including the tendons that run from the fingers and hand up the arm to the forearm flexor muscles. Also in the tunnel sits the median nerve.

When this nerve becomes affected in the tunnel, the condition is called carpal tunnel syndrome.

The nerve can become trapped in this tunnel due to various reasons. Women who are pregnant often have increased swelling in their and and feet. This swelling can put pressure on the nerve. The nerve may also be damaged with constant compression from the tendons. This is often seen with people who use their hands a lot, for example, office workers, trades people. Pressure on the tunnel, for example sleeping with your hands bent up, can also cause problems. This nerve supplies the sensation to the palm side of the thumb, index and third finger so the first sign of carpal tunnel syndrome is often pins and needles or numbness in these fingers. If the nerves ability to conduct signals to and from the hands is badly enough effected, then muscle wasting in the hand can also occur.

Surgery is often used as an end result to carpal tunnel syndrome. However, much can be done to help this condition, especially if diagnosed in the early stages. Bracing the wrists when you are using them excessively, and at night, helps take pressure off the nerve. Physiotherapy uses soft tissue release along the nerve pathway to allow the nerve to run more freely from the neck to the hand. Mobilising or moving the carpal bones at the tunnel can also help free adhesions and allow the nerve to move more easily in the carpal tunnel. Mobilising the neck helps treat the nerve at its source, often helping improve the health of the nerve overall. Special exercises to help the nerve improve how it slides and moves through the tissues can be of huge benefit when done regularly.

If you think you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, learn what you can do to help yourself early on. Your physio will help guide you through a rehabilitation program. For more information please feel free to contact our Physiologix physios on (07) 3511 1112 or email us from the contact page at this website.