Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common source of hand numbness and pain. It is more common in women than men and affects up to 10 percent of the population. It is caused by increased pressure on a nerve entering the hand through the confined space of the carpal tunnel. Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) is similar to carpal tunnel, but occurs in the ankle and causes pain in the foot.
Symptoms of CTS and TTS can often be relieved without surgery. Treatment often begins with a brace or splint worn at night to keep the wrist or ankle in a natural position. Splints can also be worn during activities that aggravate symptoms. Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help decrease pain. Sometimes a corticosteroid injection will provide temporary relief, but symptoms may come back.
If your CTS or TTS continues to bother you and you do not gain relief from non-surgical treatments, surgery can be effective in relieving symptoms. Because CTS and TTS are not dangerous problems, the decision whether to have surgery is based mostly on the severity of your symptoms and the recommendation from your healthcare provider.
If you have surgery and need rehabilitation, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital offers physical and occupational therapy and has a certified hand therapist on staff. A certified hand therapist is a physical or occupational therapist who has received additional training to specialize in therapy for the upper extremities.
In addition to a highly qualified team of therapists, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital Rehabilitation Services is equipped with the latest technology in rehabilitation and sports medicine:
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Hand Therapy
- Hand Splinting
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction
- Rehab Swallow Evaluations
- Voice Therapy
We are located adjacent to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in MedPlex B, suite 1105. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
Dr. P. Phillips Hospital