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Taping Tuesday: Wrist and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is classified as an entrapment neuropathy, where a nerve is irritated due to inflammation or decreased space surrounding it.  CTS is considered the most common of these disorders and the latest research estimates the prevalence at 3 to 6% of adults.

The carpal tunnel itself is an area in the wrist where the median nerve and other forearm tendons travel through to reach the hand.  This area can become compressed or inflamed through trauma, repetitive use, and pregnancy, leading to irritation of the median nerve.  Common symptoms include numbness, tingling, pain, and loss of strength in the hand and fingers.

Before surgical options for releasing pressure on the carpal tunnel are considered, a course of conservative measures is usually initiated.  This can involve the use of wrist splints when sleeping, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, injections into the affected wrist, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, and yoga.  Kinesiotaping also falls under the conservative treatment branch and is performed as follows:

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Taping Tuesday: Tennis Elbow

Pain localized in the lateral epicondyle of the elbow is referred to as tennis elbow.  Similar to golfer’s elbow outlined last week, this injury is a result of inflammation or repetitive overuse in the extensor tendons of the forearm, which allow for extension of the wrist and fingers.

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Our friends at KT Tape and Rocktape provide simple instructions for this condition.

Taping Tuesday: Inner Knee Pain

With a rash of MCL injuries occurring in the NBA recently (Iman Shumpert and Nene Hilario), I thought it would be appropriate to showcase a couple of kinesiotaping techniques for inner knee pain.  In addition to knee ligament issues, medial knee pain can also be caused by inflammation of the tendons from leg muscles that attach in the area such as the sartorious, gracilis, and semitendinosis.

KT Tape provides a way to tape the inner knee using two small strips and one larger strip of tape.

Rocktape on the other hand provides support in the region using a regular strip and a half strip of tape.