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Physical Therapy Treatment for Nerve Entrapments at Wrist

Many cases of mild-to-moderate nerve entrapment are successfully treated with physical therapy. Your physical therapist will determine the activities that bring on your symptoms and may recommend to avoid those activities for a period of time. Remember, the nerve is irritated and at times swollen. If the irritation and swelling can be reduced, the symptoms should resolve.

As your condition begins to improve, your physical therapist will use a hands-on approach combined with exercise to improve the symptoms associated with nerve pain. Each patient will receive treatment tailored to their specific nerve entrapment.

Physical Therapy treatments include:

  • Postural exercises
  • Home and work modifications to reduce repetitive motions
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Joint mobilizations (more flexibility of your joints means less stretch of nerves at the limits of range of motion)
  • Exercises to help mobilize the nerves
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Dry needling
  • Taping techniques


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Nerve Entrapments in Wrist

Nerve entrapment occurs when a nerve is compressed by surrounding joints, muscles or tendons and results in injury or irritation to the nerve. Two common nerve entrapments affecting the wrist are ulnar nerve entrapment (Guyon’s Canal Syndrome) and median nerve entrapment (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome).

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