PT for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that can hinder your ability to complete your daily routines. The “carpal tunnel” is a channel on the palm side of your wrist that protects the nerves and tendons that are responsible for your fingers to bend. When pressure is applied to this nerve you will start to experience pain or a numbing sensation in your wrist. This pain, and other pains associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, can be relieved by your physical therapist!

Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect people in many lines of work. Whether you are working in an assembly line or in an office, carpal tunnel is a reality that you might face. During the first stages of carpal tunnel syndrome you will start by feeling a tingling or burning sensation in the palm of your hand. As it progresses, things will become harder to do and your daily activities will be affected. Things as easy as holding a hairbrush will become a pain. If you do begin to feel this pain, you should contact a physical therapist or healthcare professional to plan out your treatment options.

Your physical therapist will start out by performing several tests on your wrists in order to conclude that you do have carpal tunnel syndrome. Once it is determined that you do have carpal tunnel syndrome, your physical therapist will come up with the perfect treatment plan for you. A physical therapist can provide you will education on how to take care of your carpal tunnel during your everyday life. They will also provide you with several exercises to help your wrist and hand. The exercises will include various stretching and strengthening exercises. The stretching exercises will improve your flexibility while the strengthening exercises will increase the strength of your wrist muscles. A physical therapist can perform nerve glides to increase the flexibility of the nerves.  You will also receive hot and cold treatments as well as ultrasound as a way to relieve the pain.

Besides providing physical therapy, your physical therapist can also provide you with information on how to adjust your workplace to better suit your wrists. By adjusting your office to fit your height and posture you can decrease your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Next time you are beginning to feel pain in your wrist and think it may be from carpal tunnel syndrome, contact your physical therapist right away. Your physical therapist can be your best asset in relieving the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome!

Why the Mulligan Concept Yields Better Results than Traditional PT

In the field of physical therapy, many physical therapists have been using the same techniques and methods for several years to treat their patients. Because these techniques have been used for many years with proven results, most therapists are resistive to change and would rather not use any new methods. This is definitely not true for the Mulligan Concept, a new physical therapy technique created by Brian Mulligan in the 1990s. Although many physical therapy practices have been slow to incorporate the Mulligan Concept, those who have report very positive results in the improvement of a patient’s condition.

The Mulligan technique is a treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and employs the concept of mobilizations with movement and is especially useful for treating neck pain, back pain, and injuries to the upper and lower extremities. This concept works by diagnosing and treating positional faults in the joints. By placing the joint into its proper alignment and having patients perform movements that caused the pain initially, therapists can see if positional joints are actually the issue. Once the therapist holds the join in its proper alignment, the patient is asked to repeat those movements and is able to regain full and pain-free movement.

One of the main differences between traditional physical therapy and the Mulligan concept is that the Mulligan concept is more functional and active. In traditional physical therapy, many patients are treated while they are sitting or standing, so they may feel good during treatment but when they move the pain may resume. Mulligan techniques are done in weight-bearing positions and is more functional, meaning that those movements in any situation will be painless. In addition, it can take several visits to a physical therapist to correct a problem whereas the Mulligan concept can help resolve an injury with one visit. In addition, a lot of the Mulligan techniques can be done at home, making self treatment for patients a lot easier.

How Physical Therapy can Help Runners Knee

Runner’s knee also known as Patellofemoral pain is a common injury in athletes. This is could be due to an overuse of the structures around the kneecap causing pain in the knee. This can sometimes make it painful to even walk. The reason for the initial injury could be a result of poor training technique, bad posture and muscle imbalances such as: weak, tight or shortened muscles and muscles stronger in respect to the opposite weaker muscles in the knee or stiffness in the joints above and below the knee. Weak inner Continue reading How Physical Therapy can Help Runners Knee

How the Mulligan Concept Helps with Sprained Ankles

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