Upper Extremity peripheral nerves are fragile and can be damaged easily. When one of these nerves suffers injury or trauma, hand therapy is often recommended.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition of nerve entrapment. It is caused when the tunnel surrounding the tissues inside the bones of your wrist narrows, inflaming the tissues and your median nerve. A mass may occupy the canal compressing the nerve.
The median nerve gives feeling to your thumb, and index, middle and ring fingers. When tissues in the carpal tunnel, such as ligaments and tendons, get swollen or inflamed, they press against the median nerve. That pressure results in the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
People engaged in repetitive motions throughout their day may suffer from peripheral nerve injuries, especially carpal tunnel syndrome. Our team at Northern Virginia Hand Therapy Center will be able to treat and resolve your nerve pain, neurologic symptoms, and permanently decrease compression on peripheral nerves through our state of the art treatment techniques, splinting, and Home Exercise Program.
For traumas and after-surgery care, we traditionally focus on the reduction of swelling, promotion of wound healing, gentle and gradual movement. Frequently a custom fabricated splint is made to provide protection of the injured part. Therapy is progressed according to specific guidelines to include exercises and techniques to allow return to the highest level of function possible in work, home and leisure activities. If required, the therapist can evaluate the work site and make recommendations related to the equipment or work tasks involved.
For chronic or acquired conditions, the emphasis is placed on symptom management, function, prevention and activity modification. When the condition results in a limited use of the hand or arm, our therapists can design equipment and splints to improve these limitations. Throughout the therapy process, home exercises and treatment techniques are included so that eventually, a home therapy program can be carried out with occasional visits to the therapist for monitoring and adjusting the home program.