Physical Therapy Isn’t Always the Right Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal tunnel relief towsonPhysical therapy is often recommended as a treatment for mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome. The goal of working with a physical therapist is to increase strength and restore mobility to the affected area.

Your physical therapist might recommend:

  • “Gliding” exercises that work on the nerves and tendons to help reduce pain and increase mobility
  • Modifications to your daily routine to reduce the stress on your hand and wrist
  • Using ultrasound therapy to reduce symptoms
  • Wearing a special brace at night and during the day when you’re engaged in activities that can increase your symptoms
  • Taking steps to address any other musculoskeletal issues triggered by your carpal tunnel syndrome, such as pain in the head, neck, and shoulder

In addition to being used as a treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, physical therapy is often required after the traditional endoscopic procedure or open surgery to promote healing and ease the transition back into daily activities.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief Without Physical Therapy

Physical therapy isn’t the right choice for everyone. Some of the drawbacks include:

  • Therapy can be time-consuming and difficult to fit into a busy schedule.
  • You may need to travel to find a therapist who will accept your insurance.
  • If you have no insurance or poor coverage, the cost of therapy can be a financial burden.
  • The modifications your physical therapist recommends might not be practical if you work in an occupation that involves placing stress on your hand and wrist.
  • Your case might have already progressed to the point where therapy is unlikely to result in significant pain relief.

If physical therapy hasn’t worked for you or you’re simply eager to get back to enjoying your daily activities pain-free, ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release with the SX-One MicroKnife can help. Patients are typically able to return to work within three to six days without any need for post-operative physical therapy.

Contact Our Towson Office Today for Carpal Tunnel Treatment

Dr. Eric H. Williams, a nerve expert who specializes in reconstructive surgery and pain relief, offers ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release as an alternative to the traditional endoscopic procedure or open surgery. You can learn more about your options for quickly and effectively addressing your carpal tunnel pain by contacting our Towson office.

Eric H. Williams MD
Specializing in reconstructive surgery and pain relief in the Greater Baltimore area.
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