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What is pregnancy related Carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is compression of the median nerve as it passes through an area in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel. Compression of the median nerve is more common in pregnant women. This is as a result of an increase in the amount of fluid in your body due to you being pregnant which can then compress on the median nerve. This nerve compression can cause pain, numbness or pins and needles in the affected wrist. have specialist physiotherapists that reduce your pain.

Soft tissue massage of the falma fascia to calm symptoms of carpel Tunnel syndromAbove: Soft tissue massage of the falma fascia to calm symptoms of carpel Tunnel syndrom

What are the symptoms of pregnancy related CTS?

  • Tingling, numbness or pain in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger
  • Night pain
  • Weakness in the wrist and hand muscles
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty doing repetitive tasks such as typing or writing

What are the risk factors of pregnancy related CTS?

  • Fluid retention in the wrist during pregnancy
  • Family history of CTS
  • Existing inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Obesity
  • CTS experienced in previous pregnancies

What physiotherapy treatment will I receive for pregnancy related CTS?

CTS usually ceases shortly after childbirth but it is important to begin your physiotherapy programme with as soon as you notice any of the symptoms to reduce the risk of long term complication and help accelerate your recovery. Physiotherapy treatment may include:
  • Elevation exercises to reduce swelling
  • Provision of wrist-splints worn at night
  • Cyrotherapy (ice)
  • Wrist and hand strengthening and mobility exercises
  • Electrotherapy techniques including ultrasound
  • Hand positioning advice


Pregnancy related CTS is compression of the median nerve during or following pregnancy as it passes through the carpal tunnel area of the wrist. The main symptoms include tingling, numbness and pain. The physiotherapists at will be able to assist you with a comprehensive physiotherapy programme to help optimise your recovery. Please call on 0330 088 7800 to book an appointment today, or alternatively book an appointment online today!

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