I have a client who has had carpal tunnel surgery (twice now). Recovery first time went pretty smoothly. This time not so smoothly (has some pain). She’s faithfully done all the rehab physio and exercises and is ready to get back to training. Any great ideas how to physically challenge her without hurting?
I am sorry this time is not so smooth for your client. Do you know what exercises she has been doing, with or without resistance, and if she is officially finished with rehabilitation? Does she have the doctors’ clearances for training?
How much pain and to what degree is she dealing with? It sounds like a sign for her to see the doctor, to make sure everything is healing properly.
You could have her do other exercises that do not use her wrists, in order to challenge her during the recovery.
I wish her luck.
I would suggest working very closely with her PT and Physician
Think ahead when training her by having her do the exercise with her “good hand” or by you showing her in detail what the next exercise is and be able to make the necessary adjustments quickly for her.
If you could train her without requiring holding weights or doing any weight bearing load on her wrists that would be ideal for now.
Many people with carpal tunnel syndrome experience pain and discomfort when they grasp things that have a small circumference.
I was given a suggestion by a physical therapist to increase the circumference of the grips/handles for the post-rehab carpal tunnel client.
One of the other things I would suggest is really familiarizing yourself with the pathology of carpal tunnel syndrome (if you have not as yet) so you can better understand what your client is experiencing.
Best to you!
I suggest that you also look at the MELT Hand Treatment as an additional way to improve range of motion and mobility in her hands.