January 2022 | Monthly News & Update
RCCA Spring Newsletter

Submitted by Kelli Jacobs

Kelli Jacobs Occupational Therapist | Certified Hand Therapist | Development Director 1993 – current at RCCA Certified Hand Therapist, CHT 1993, BS, FIU, Miami FL

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve passing through the wrist is pinched or compressed, causing a progressively painful condition. Some of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may include:

Numbness & tingling that is often worse at night

·     Waking up at night, having to shake hand or hold over the side of the bed

·     Fingers feeling swollen or fuzzy

·     Dropping objects

·     Weak pinch

·     Discomfort & Pain in the wrist, hand or fingers

While the exact causes of CTS are unknown, there are many factors that can contribute to the increased pressure or inflammation, including:

·     Physical conditions: such as ArthritisGout, Amyloidosis, Infections, Obesity, Diabetes, Thyroid Disease & Pregnancy

·     Structure changes of the wrist: such as Arthritic spurs of the carpal bones, TumorsGanglion cysts & Wrist fracture / dislocation

·     Forceful or Repetitive motions of the hands & wrists

·     Prolonged grip / pinch or extreme bending of the wrists


Learn more about CTS

Non-Surgical Treatment: The main goal of treatment is to reduce or remove the causes of increased nerve pressure. This should result in a decrease in symptoms. Some non-surgical treatment options may include:

·     Oral anti-inflammatory medicine

·     Steroid injection (cortisone shot)

·     Wrist splint

·     Hand Therapy: Activity modifications, equipment changes, exercises


Call RCCA now to schedule your Hand Therapy Evaluation

(561) 655-7266


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