Most people today, both young and old have an increased risk for carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association CTS “is a term that refers to nerve compression in their wrists, hands and/or fingers that result in pain, a burning sensation, numbness and/or tingling.” Causes can be from a repetitive movement, uncomfortable posture, extreme wrist positions, pressure on the heal of hands or vibrations.
Because CTS can affect a person’s daily activities (including dressing, cooking, cleaning, or using the phone or computer) occupational therapists are able to help. The AOTA states that OTs are able to evaluate and recommend assistive devices and ergonomically correct devices to reduce repetitive motion. They can also facilitate exercises in range of motion, endurance and dexterity to strengthen the hands and wrists.
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