Occupational Therapy

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

If this is your first step to treatment or you have just had surgery to release your Carpal Tunnel as treatment of your symptoms and not referred to therapy, consider giving us a call! We can help!

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The carpal tunnel—a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand—houses the median nerve and the tendons that bend the fingers. The median nerve provides feeling to the palm side of the thumb and to the index, middle, and part of the ring finger (although not the little finger). It also controls some small muscles at the base of the thumb.

Sometimes, thickening from the lining of irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and compresses the median nerve. The result may be numbness, weakness, or sometimes pain in the hand and wrist (some people may feel pain in the forearm and upper arm). CTS is the most common and widely known of the entrapment neuropathies, in which one of the body’s peripheral nerves is pressed on or squeezed.


Do You Have Thumb/Wrist Pain?

Thumb arthritis is common with aging and occurs when cartilage wears away from the ends of the bones that form the joint at the base of the thumb — also known as the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint. Thumb arthritis can cause severe pain, swelling, and decreased strength and range of motion, making it difficult to do simple tasks, such as turning doorknobs and opening jars. Treatment generally involves a combination of medication and splints. Severe thumb arthritis might require surgery. Reference

Do you have shoulder pain?

As a holistic, evidence-based profession, occupational therapy's approach to rehabilitation goes beyond addressing upper extremity injuries in isolation to include the whole person and his/her functional needs and roles in all the appropriate environments.

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. A rotator cuff injury can cause a dull ache in the shoulder, which often worsens when you try to sleep on the involved side.

Rotator cuff injuries occur most often in people who repeatedly perform overhead motions in their jobs or sports. Examples include painters, carpenters, and people who play baseball or tennis. The risk of rotator cuff injury also increases with age.

Impingement syndrome is a common shoulder condition seen in active adults, especially as they get older. This condition is closely related to shoulder bursitis and rotator cuff tendinitis. These conditions may occur alone or in combination.


Sitting Posture at Work

When you are sitting at your desk, posture is paramount to reduce many areas of pain. An adjustable desk, tray for the keyboard, adjustable chair, and adjustable computer screen are very helpful in order for you to set up your area for the best possible position to reduce stress through the jaw and head/neck. The diagram to the left demonstrates a good alignment of how to assist yourself at your desk. Some larger corporations may have people to come help with your ergonomics, inquire at your job if you think that is a possibility. Call today (352-376-6300) and ask how we can help you set up your desk including a chair recommendation!

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