Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist) and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (elbow) can cause pain, tingling, numbness and/or muscle weakness affecting upper extremity function. These nerve compression conditions may be treated nonsurgically, but in more severe cases may require surgery and post-surgical therapy. At FORM Hand Therapy, our Hand Therapists provide highly specialized therapeutic interventions for the non-surgical and post-surgical treatment of nerve compression conditions.
The following are just a few nerve compression conditions we treat. If you have a question about whether your condition should be treated by one of our hand therapists, call FORM Hand Therapy at (510) 585-2535 or ask your doctor for a referral to FORM Hand Therapy. If you are not currently under the care of a physician for your condition or would like to be evaluated by an Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in hand, wrist and elbow conditions, schedule an appointment at FORM Hand, Wrist & Elbow Institute.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome
When the nerve is compressed, you may experience symptoms of numbness, tingling, pain and weakness of the hand.
- Hand numbness or pain at night that can wake you up.
- Numbness when you first wake up in the morning.
- Symptoms may be intermittent or constant based on the severity of your condition.
If you are referred to FORM Hand Therapy for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, our hand therapists can help reduce your symptoms and prevent future carpal tunnel syndrome occurrences. Once the cause of your carpal tunnel syndrome is determined, your hand therapist may recommend wearing a brace during the day for activities that may irritate the median nerve, or at night to counteract the compression of the nerve that commonly occurs when the wrist is bent while sleeping. Our therapists can modify your daily activities, work tasks, and recreational activities to reduce your symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Hand therapists are also an integral part of recovery and rehabilitation following carpal tunnel release surgery. At FORM Hand Therapy, our hand therapists can help you heal more quickly and achieve optimal functioning through soft tissue mobilization, assisted stretching and strength-building exercises throughout the course of therapy. We may also implement therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound, paraffin wax and electrical stimulation.
Cubital tunnel syndrome
Symptoms can occur if the elbow is kept in a flexed position or by direct pressure on the inner side of the elbow.
- Hand numbness.
- Weakness of the hand.
- Pain around the elbow.
If you are referred to FORM Hand Therapy for nonsurgical treatment of cubital tunnel syndrome our hand therapists will evaluate and determine what activities cause your symptoms, and make modifications to these activities. As part of your treatment, our hand therapists may provide you with nerve gliding and range of motion exercise programs, fitting for a padded elbow sleeve, or a custom splint to wear at night.
Should you need surgery, our hand therapists play an important role in your recovery and rehabilitation following cubital tunnel surgery. Our hand therapists design individualized programs for post-surgical therapy based on your operation and your surgeon’s recommendations. Activity modification is a big part of rehabilitation to prevent recurrence of symptoms.