Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most common form of peripheal neuropathy, and in most cases conservative treatment can resolve this complaint. In a recent post I discussed other forms of median nerve entrapment that cause symptoms that are similar to CTS (you can read that here). For this reason, before a course of treatment is decided the proper diagnosis must be made.
Joint restrictions need to addressed in the area of median nerve entrapment. This can found at the wrist in CTS and in the 1st rib is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is suspected. Restricitons in the spine can comprimise posture which can play a role in problems at the cervical spine and with TOS as well.
Soft Tissue Treatment
Overuse injuries to the soft tissue can result in nerve entrapment as well. For this reason treatment to these area is also necessary. The wrist, forearm, chest, and neck all contain soft tissues which are common locations where adhesive scar tissue can can cause median nerve restrictions.