Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Facts | Symptoms | Prevention | Treatment
tunnel syndrome is not an uncommon condition in today’s world that
revolves around all things electronic. Constant, repetitive movement of
the hands frequently accounts for this syndrome.
of the carpal tunnel tissues due to injury or trauma causes the median
nerve at the wrist to compress. This nerve connects and supplies sensation
to many other areas of the hand. This swelling can be a result of constant
typing, driving, assembly-line work, writing or the use of hand tools.
and tingling in the fingers, especially in the tip of the thumb and along
the index and middle fingers
in the hand
or severe pain in the hand
gripping an object
to drop objects
in the joints of the fingers
of ability to sense temperature
that hand is “asleep”
here to learn about ways to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.
left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can cause the nerve to become
damaged, which leads to muscle injury and weakness that may be irreversible.
If any of the above symptoms are present, it’s best to seek
treatment, even if symptoms are mild. This can include simply resting
and/or splinting the wrists for a couple of weeks or making other
small lifestyle changes to prevent further development of the disease.
Persistent symptoms can be treated with medications such as anti-inflammatory
drugs or diuretics.
more serious cases, surgery is ultimately required to relieve pressure
from the nerve. A procedure called carpal tunnel release relieves pressure
by cutting the ligament covering the median nerve. This surgery usually
takes away pain symptoms. Surgery is most successful when performed before
permanent damage has occurred.
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