Physical therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome in River North, Illinois

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Meet with the best carpal tunnel syndrome physical therapists in River North, Illinois

River North, Illinois, Luna’s team of physical therapists has experience and expertise in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. Our certified physical therapists manage CTS symptoms with carpal tunnel treatment exercises that include nerve and tendon gliding, wrist resistance, hand squeezes, ultrasound, and ice therapy.

Resting wrist splints are often prescribed to prevent further compression on the median nerve until the inflammation subsides. An effective physical therapy program will focus first on relieving symptoms and then on strengthening exercises for the hand and forearm musculature that will prepare patients to return to daily activities and work tasks. Luna physical therapists will also advise patients on any ergonomic adjustments that can be made to prevent further flare-ups.

There are no “home remedies” for carpal tunnel syndrome, but with Luna, patients can get carpal tunnel syndrome treatment at home, at the office, at the park, or at the location of their choosing. Our physical therapists come to you.


What is carpal tunnel?

A common condition affecting over eight million people in the United States alone, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the passageway formed by the wrist’s carpal bones compresses the median nerve. CTS most commonly causes pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and “shock-like” sensations in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. The neuropathic sensations produced by carpal tunnel syndrome may also radiate up the arm to the forearm and shoulder.

For most CTS sufferers, physical therapy provides the best and most effective treatment option. PT wrist strengthening exercises designed to reduce pressure on the median nerve can, in a majority of cases, restore normal sensation in the hand, wrist, and arm — with surgery being the preferred option only for acute cases of CTS.

Such severe cases typically result from extreme and/or long-term median nerve compression, and can cause atrophy (or wasting) of the muscles in the hand and wrist, negatively affecting grip strength, pinch strength, and dexterity (think: threading a needle). Less common causes include traumatic injuries to the wrist.

Source: Move Forward

Carpal tunnel symptoms

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome typically present with gradual onset, and are often more pronounced when sleeping, holding heavy objects, typing, or keeping the hands in extreme (bent) positions for long durations. If the condition progresses, sufferers may experience weakness, loss of grip or pinch strength, or more pronounced and longer-lasting neuropathic sensations. These are most commonly felt on the palmar (front) side of the first three fingers of the affected hand.

The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Numbness (the feeling that one’s hand or fingers have “fallen asleep”)
  • Tingling (a.k.a. “pins and needles”)
  • Burning sensations
  • Loss of grip strength and/or pinch strength

Source: WebMD


What causes carpal tunnel?

While the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is typically unattributable, activities which compress the carpal tunnel, exerting pressure on the median nerve, are generally understood to represent the most common trigger. The causes can be divided into two categories: Work-related causes, and those brought on by associated conditions.

The most common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Repetitive movements of the hand — typically work-related (i.e. typing or manufacturing line work)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Injury to the wrist (i.e. wrist fracture)
Source: Mayo Clinic

Physical therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome in River North, Illinois

Physical therapy (a.k.a. ‘physiotherapy’) is the “front line” treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s the first tool in the toolbelt that patients and physicians alike reach for — chiefly because it’s extremely effective, but also because it’s a low-risk, non-invasive, natural treatment option for CTS relief. There is no cure for CTS per se, however with a well-designed, and well-executed physical therapy treatment plan, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can be managed, controlled, relieved, and in many cases eliminated altogether — without surgery.

If, in extreme cases, physical therapy alone cannot cure CTS, patients may opt for surgery, in which case postoperative physical therapy may serve a crucial role in bringing back normal mobility, flexibility, strength, and sensation to the wrist and hand.

Source: Physiopedia

Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

For physical therapy sessions in the River North area, our therapists are available to come to your home. We extend our services to all neighborhoods, making it a priority to bring physical therapy to you and enhance the overall convenience of your PT journey.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

Luna works with a wide range of insurance plans, managing the benefits verification process on your behalf. When you choose Luna, your co-pay will always match the exact amount specified by your insurance plan for visiting a PT clinic. We're proud to accept all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

Not at all—we believe in simplifying the process for patients to kickstart their physical therapy. Welcoming new patients is a key aspect of our service, and for the majority, their first at-home physical therapy appointment can be scheduled within 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists maintain a flexible schedule, operating from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

At Luna, our therapists are seasoned professionals—they possess a minimum of 3 years of experience, often exceeding this threshold. Every therapist undergoes a rigorous interview process and comprehensive background check. We exclusively collaborate with therapists devoted to delivering top-notch care to their patients.

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