Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful condition that affects the hand. It is caused by pressure on the median nerve as it passes through a narrow bony tunnel from the wrist into the hand (The Carpal Tunnel).

Symptoms include:

  • Pins and needles
  • Numbness and pain in the hand, typically around the palm
  • Pain, particularly at night
  • Darting pains from the wrist
  • Radiated or referred pain into the arm and shoulder
  • Weakness of the hand

Repetitive movements, arthritis and pregnancy are some factors that can cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Clinicians at Canberra City Health Network frequently treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Conservative treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome includes mobilisation of the wrist joint, soft tissue/ massage techniques and potentially splinting/ bracing.

Stretches and strengthening of the forearm can also help relieve symptoms in some cases.