- What is carpal tunnel syndrome all about?
This condition is commonly defined by an intense pain starting at the wrist and hand. But what causes it? The pain results from a nerve in your wrist being compressed by the inflamed tissue inside your carpal tunnel (a narrow tunnel created by the collection of bones and tissues within your wrist).
- What kind of symptoms does carpal tunnel syndrome present with?
Common symptoms resulting from this condition include:
- Feeling of numbness in the hand and fingers.
- Constant pain in the palm, wrist, or forearm.
- Sensation of pain increases at night (and might possibly even disrupt sleep).
- Difficulty in maintaining a grip on objects.
- Signs of weakness at the thumb.
- Who is at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome?
People who have occupations which require them to grip objects while keeping the wrist bent. Usual professions that have an increased risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- IT specialists
- Factory workers
- Meat Packers
- And hobbyists who take part in gardening, needlework, canoeing, etc.
Aside from that, carpal tunnel syndrome may also be derived from:
- An injury or fracture at the wrist.
- A complication of diseases such as; diabetes, thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis.
- A family history of it.
- How is the diagnosis for carpal tunnel syndrome done?
If you think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, it would be best to get yourself checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
To diagnose your condition, your physician might order an electromyography (EMG) test. This test will allow them to determine if your hand is indeed inflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome, or if there are other reasons that may be behind the discomfort you feel.
- Is it possible to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?
Of course! To help decrease your risk in developing this condition, all you need to do is:
- Manage your weight.
- Regulate your underlying health conditions.
- Give your hands time to rest.
- Allow your hands to work with the right size of tools.
- Prevent your hands from resting on hard surfaces for a prolonged period of time.
- Adjust your work area to make it more comfortable and ergonomic.
- Is surgery needed to treat carpal tunnel syndrome?
This will depend on the advice of your doctor. In the event that the carpal tunnel syndrome is a complication that has arisen from other diseases, your physician may act to treat that first.
There are several other ways to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, such as:
- Pressing ice at the affected area
- Taking medication
- Doing hand exercises
- Getting physical therapy
Surgery to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome is usually a last resort and it also requires physical therapy to help your hand heal the right way.
Are you looking for therapy services that cater to carpal tunnel syndrome? Crown Rehab and Wellness has you covered. We also render physical therapy in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, to treat other related conditions. Set an appointment with us!