Nerve Conditions & Pain
NERVE CONDITIONS: Injury to the nerves of the hand and forearm can have a significant impact on the ability to activate muscles, coordinate movements and to feel the environment we are in. The three main nerves in the hand (radial, median and ulnar) all supply different muscles and different areas of the skin for sensation. Nerves can be injured through trauma, compression or postural strain. Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the median nerve and is the most common nerve compression condition in the hand.
Your hand therapist will assess your condition and implement a specific rehabilitation program which may include splinting for night/day, exercises, advice and postural correction and education regarding work activity such as computer use or manual work.
PAIN: The brain evaluates and interprets a variety of information both past and present with pain being one response to help protect us from a perceived threat to our body.
Managing acute and more persistent pain after injury or disease in the hand or forearm can involve many different strategies. Seeking early treatment is important. Hand therapy provides an individualised approach to the management of painful conditions to suit each person's lifestyle and particular goals. Hand therapists have extensive skills and experience in the management of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in the upper limb.