Carpal Tunnel

Occupational Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Carpal TunnelCarpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) affects 1 in 20 Americans. If you are suffering from a pins and needles feeling in your palm or fingers, occupational therapy may be able to help. The occupational therapists at Elite Integrated Therapy Centers regularly treat CTS for patients in the Anderson, Greenville, and Spartanburg, SC area. Read on to learn more about how we can help you.

Diagnosis

If you are experiencing symptoms commonly associated with carpal tunnel, visit our occupational therapists for an evaluation. Thanks to our expertise in the movement and function of the body, we will be able to determine the cause of your symptoms and recommend the best course of action to relieve them. Diagnosing CTS is often fairly straight-forward, though there are a number of tests we may conduct. These include testing your wrist and hand range-of-motion, grip strength, senses and reflexes, wrist flexion, Tinel’s sign, and more. It’s important to also have your neck and spine examined to ensure your pain is not originating from an issue somewhere else.

Treatment

Following your evaluation, our occupational therapists will prescribe a treatment plan. These programs will often involve a combination of strategies, such as stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, hot\cold therapy, and the use of a splint at night.

Depending on a patient’s occupation, therapists might visit their workplace to troubleshoot their workspace. For example, patients who sit at a desk job should properly align their keyboard to avoid working with bent wrists. For those who work with tools, adding material to increase the size of the tool for a more comfortable grip or wrapping it in anti-vibration padding may be a solution. We may also inquire about your leisure activities.

Our goal is to hopefully improve your CTS through occupational therapy without the need for surgery. However, if you are not diagnosed until the condition has already become severe, our occupational therapists my refer you for a surgical consultation. If you undergo surgery, occupational therapy will be used post-operation to restore strength in your wrist and educate you about how to avoid the issues that brought about your CTS in the first place.

Contact Us

When it comes to CTS, not all occupational therapists are created equal. For the best results, you will want to work with therapists who have experience with arm and hand musculoskeletal disorders or are knowledgeable in ergonomics. Here at Elite Integrated Therapy Centers, our team members cover a wide range of credentials to help patients with all manners of conditions. If you are ready to begin treatment to relieve your CTS, contact our occupational therapists today!

WFH Back Pain? Physical Therapy Can Help!

More and more often companies are going digital, especially over the last few months as companies have shut down temporarily and began work from home (WFH) options due to COVID-19. While there are many perks of working from home, a lot of employees may not have an adequate setup. Whether you are working off a laptop on your couch or sitting on a hard, wooden chair, your new work situation could lead to bad posture that may ultimately lead to back and/or neck pain. If you are looking for ways to get neck and back pain relief, there are options available for you.

Tips To Prevent Back and Neck Pain

While working from home, consider the following tips to help keep you pain-free:

  • Use low back support- Most pain in your back comes from poor posture and slouching. To prevent slouching, you can take a towel or blanket, roll it into a log-like form, and place it horizontally along the small of your back. If you start to slouch, the towel or blanket will not sit properly on your back.
  • Get up and move- It’s important to get up and move at least every hour to reduce the risk of back pain. Take a bathroom break or grab a snack if you need a reason to move about.
  • Fix desk set up- Having the proper office set up is important. Your computer should be at least an arm’s length away from you and the top of the computer screen should be at your eye level. Your feet should be flat on the floor and your knees should be bent at a 90-degree angle. This will help create better posture and less back pain.
  • Desk stretches- There are a variety of stretches you can complete at your desk including shoulder rolls, shoulder blade squeezes, turning your head over your shoulders, and standing back-bend stretches.

Seek Help From A Physical Therapist

If you are suffering from back or neck pain due to your WFH situation, it is a good idea to seek help from a physical therapist. Physical therapy sessions can help with back pain relief and provide you with better mobility. By completing these sessions, you can prevent yourself from having to undergo surgery.

Elite Integrated Therapy Centers offers physical therapy for our clients at one of our 12 locations in Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Belton, Boiling Springs, Fort Mill, Powdersville, Seneca and Simpsonville, SC. Our team will meet with you to determine your situation and will develop a treatment plan based on your unique needs to ease your back pain and provide you with more flexibility and mobility. Our services are affordable, safe, and will help take care of your pain. Based on the pain you are experiencing, your sessions may be long or short term. Let us help you live a pain-free life. Contact our office today.

Cervicalgia – Causes & Treatments

Cervicalgia is a general term that is used to describe neck pain. The pain and discomfort that you can experience with cervicalgia may be caused by joint restrictions and muscular tightness, but there are also other causes. These include degenerative disc disease, whiplash, a herniated disc, pinched nerves, poor sleeping positions, and posture issues.

Symptoms associated with cervicalgia include persistent neck pain that can be accompanied by spasms in the neck muscles, impaired neck movement, headaches, dizziness, numbness, and nausea.

What Causes Cervicalgia?

As mentioned above, there are quite a few reasons for cervicalgia occurring. Some of the most common include:

  • Poor posture for extended periods of time with your neck at an awkward angle
  • Injuries that involve a sudden neck movement. This can happen from impact sports or a car accident (whiplash)
  • If you have a bone condition such as arthritis or osteoporosis
  • You suffer from a disease or a condition that affects the spine such as spinal infections or meningitis
  • Long-term stress that causes clenching of neck and shoulder muscles

Physical Therapy as A Treatment for Cervicalgia

Once the true cause of the cervicalgia has been found, physical therapy can help to relieve the symptoms and alleviate the cause of the pain. Research has shown that physical therapy is a better treatment than surgery or pain medication for relieving many cases of neck pain. In fact, it can often help people avoid the need for surgery or pain relievers altogether.

The goals of physical therapy for neck pain include:

  • Reducing pain and stiffness
  • Improving the range of motion
  • Improving posture
  • Strengthening the neck and its supporting musculature
  • Developing strategies to prevent neck pain from recurring

Schedule an Appointment to Relieve Your Neck Pain

If you are experiencing neck pain, schedule an appointment with a physical therapist at Elite Integrated Therapy Centers today. We have multiple locations throughout Greenville, Anderson, and Spartanburg, SC, and provide numerous physical therapy services.