Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
WHAT IS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness, tingling and other symptoms in your hand and arm. Knowing the anatomy of your hand and wrist can help to explain carpal tunnel syndrome.
The median nerve and several tendons run from your forearm to your hand through a narrow space in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. This “tunnel” protects the median nerve and tendons that bend your fingers. Pressure on the median nerve, usually from swelling, can make the carpal tunnel smaller and “pinch the nerve” in your wrist causing pain and numbness.
The exact cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is not known but injuries; repetitive movements, such as typing on a keyboard; pregnancy, and some diseases can cause swelling making the carpal tunnel smaller. Conditions such as hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes can also cause swelling.
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SYMPTOMS OF CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
You have pain, numbness or tingling in your thumb, first and middle fingers
You may feel "pins and needles" in your fingers, especially if you bend your wrist
Your fingers "fall asleep" especially at night when sleeping with the wrist bent
You need to shake your hand to restore feeling in your fingers
You have trouble holding onto small objects
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
Resting your wrist in a neutral position and exercises to stretch and straighten the wrist reduce the symptoms of CTS. Wearing a wrist brace decreases the swelling that may be filling the tunnel and puts the wrist in a neutral position to decrease the pressure on the median nerve. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention to avoid permanent damage to the median nerve.
SPLINTS AND BRACES THAT CAN HELP
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