Hand pain during pregnancy
CARPAL TUNNEL IN PREGNANCY
Pain, tingling and/or numbness in the wrist and hand can be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). This is a condition where a nerve supplying the hand (the median nerve) is compressed within the carpal tunnel (the space between the bones of the wrist and a fibrous band called the retinaculum).
CTS can occur any time but will often present during pregnancy as a result of fluid retention - particularly in the 3rd trimester. It can be aggravated by use of the hand in wrist in usual daily activities with lots of pregnant women commonly reporting symptoms after sleeping.
- Splinting, which places the wrist and hand in an optimal position to minimise compression on the nerve
- Education on sleeping positions
- Nerve glider exercises prescribed by your physio
- Activity modifications e.g rolled towel under the wrist when typing