Carpal Tunnel Treatment

We specialise in carpal tunnel treatment and repetitive strain injuries (RSI). If you use a computer or are in a job where you use your hands a lot, you may find yourself experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome at some point in your life.

Your carpal tunnel is a channel located on the underside of your wrist. Your carpal tunnel encloses tendons used to move your wrist and fingers. Since many tendons run through your carpal tunnel, any internal inflammation may cause a squeezing of the large median nerve. This leads to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Typical treatment progression starts with conservative to more invasive treatments such as cortisone injections and surgery.

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects about 5% of the population. It tends to occur after the age of 45.

In chronic or longer lasting cases, your thumb muscles may deteriorate. Your median nerve may also become permanently damaged.

It’s important to seek treatment at the earliest sign of symptoms as nerve damage is irreversible.

Non-surgical Carpal Tunnel Treatment

Initial carpal tunnel treatment usually involves applying ice packs, taking anti-inflammatory medication and resting. More importantly, if repetitive actions are causing your pain, reduce these motions and take rest breaks.

If your carpal tunnel syndrome results from a repetitive strain injury (RSI), Active Release Technique ® is considered the gold standard in addressing the root cause of this injury. It’s new, different and more importantly; it works.

Symptom improvement is usually felt within the first 3 treatments with Active Release Technique ®. Many patients experience about a 50% improvement during this time¹. Stretching is also essential to resolve your case.

For chronic carpal tunnel treatment, a relatively new technology called Shock Wave Therapy (SWT) can help. It works by sending sound waves (not ultrasound or electrical) into the affected area to stimulate the healing process.

We also provide post-surgery carpal tunnel treatment. Come and see us about 6-8 weeks post surgery. This gives your body time to heal and reduce inflammation.

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

Symptoms usually start in the forearm or hand and may progress through the upper arm to the shoulder and into the paraspinal muscles. These muscles are located along your back next to your spine. The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

Muscles tighten excessively or fatigue easily during activity.

Numbness, soreness or pain in the affected area.

Tingling, burning or feeling “pins and needles” in your hand, fingers and/or thumbs.

Muscle weakening and you might find yourself dropping things.

You may find your symptoms:

Last for short bursts of time.

Are worse at night and/or early in the morning.

Improve while using your hands but come back later in the day.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) from computer use.

We have successfully treated hundreds of cases of carpal tunnel for more than a decade.

 

Experience the latest in non-invasive carpal tunnel treatment.

Contact our Sydney city clinic now.

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

While there are a number of causes of carpal tunnel syndrome, some examples include the following:

Repetitive strain from repeatedly moving your hands and/or wrists in the same manner over a period of time. Many people get carpal tunnel syndrome from the way they use their phone/tablet/computer/mouse or work with tools. In these cases, pressure applied to the wrist causes inflammation of tendons and impacts the median nerve.

Rheumatoid arthritis in your wrist joint.

Pregnancy due to fluid retention pressing on the median nerve. Symptoms usually disappear soon after pregnancy.

Genetics as some people are born with a smaller carpal tunnel.

Active Release Techniques®

Active Release Technique (A.R.T ®) is a medically patented technique shortening treatment time. It provides real and lasting solutions to repetitive strain or overuse injuries. It’s new and different. Most importantly, it works.

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Shock Wave Therapy (SWT)

Shock Wave therapy is a new leading treatment for acute pain, chronic pain and trigger point management. It uses a high intensity sound wave (not ultrasound or electrical shock) to interact with the tissues of the body, it is non-invasive.

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Chiropractic Treatment

The goal of chiropractic treatment is to gradually restore the spine and joints to their natural position and motion, thus improving posture, nervous system function, spine function and overall health. It is a safe, natural and effective form of health care.

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