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Carpal Tunnel Rehab Exercise (pre-post operation)

Carpal tunnel syndrome is described as “the compression of median nerve at the level of the wrist”.

The carpal tunnel is made up of the carpal bones and the carpal ligament which is called a retinaculum. Under the carpal ligament lies the tendons of hands and forearm, the median nerve and the median artery. When the tendons become inflamed under the carpal ligament this decreases the space around median nerve. Constant irritation can cause a thickening of the nerve which in turn will decrease space under the carpal tunnel. Patients will suffer symptoms such as:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling in the thumb
  • Loss of power in the hands
  • Pain on flexion or extension of the wrist

Equipment: a Wall or Door 


  • Stand with your arms facing the wall as in the picture.
  • Keep your elbows straight throughout this exercise.
  • Place your hands flat on the wall with your fingers pointing upwards.
  • Your finger shoulder be just above the level of the top of your shoulder.
  • Using your hands and fingers slowly push your body away from the wall. (keep your fingers in touch with the wall at all times)
  • Lower yourself back to the wall (starting position).
  • Repeat for am maximum of 10 times, twice.

If performed correctly, you should feel the muscles and tendons on the palm side of your wrist begin to stretch.

Note:// Although these exercises are designed to help you help yourself, we urge caution in all rehabilitation that you do not over do the exercises. We examine and diagnose our patients before we prescribe these exercises. If you would like an examination first then call 01522 511834 and make an appointment to see one of our highly trained practitioners.

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