Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Not Just an Office Injury


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Many people associate carpal tunnel syndrome with office-related careers, however, anyone who works with their hands on a daily basis can suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. According to the American College of Rheumatology, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is relatively common, affecting 4 to 10 million Americans.

carpal-tunnel-2014“The carpal tunnel is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand, which houses the median nerve and tendons. When CTS is evident, the tunnel is narrowed by swelling and thickening from irritated tendons. This causes the median nerve to be compressed,” says Kevin Cronin, president and owner of ARC Physical Therapy in Elmhurst. The compression of the nerve may cause symptoms such as tingling and numbness, pain in the fingers, or pain in the entire hand. Repetitive activities using the hands may aggravate these symptoms.

Beauty technicians, for example, should be aware of CTS because they frequently hold instruments (such as makeup brushes, nail tools, etc.) in certain positions for hours on end. This type of extensive strain carried out every day can cause effects of carpal tunnel to arise.

“Tightness in the fascia and/or the muscles can spasm higher up in the arm, and even to the neck, causing tension in the nerves of the forearm and wrist, which contributes to CTS,” Cronin explains. Often times, pain in the hand or fingers originates from the shoulder or neck as a result from poor posture.  For individuals such as makeup artists or nail technicians, stretching the neck and shoulders periodically between clients can help eliminate numbness and tingling in the hand.

Physical therapy sessions can help to alleviate these symptoms by manually treating out the problematic areas, as well as by providing patient-specific home exercise/stretching plans.

ARC Physical Therapy offers free pain consultations for individuals seeking relief from painful conditions. Click here to view ARC’s locations. 

This post is created based on the details presented in an article in NAILPRO magazine, featuring ARC Physical Therapy owner Kevin Cronin. The NAILPRO article may be viewed here.

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