What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The carpal tunnel houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed.
Can carpal tunnel syndrome be prevented?
Performing stretches, taking frequent rest breaks, wearing splints to prevent damage, and using correct posture and wrist position can all be helpful in preventing this painful syndrome
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Often, it is a combination of factors that increase pressure on the median nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel which specifically affect the nerves and the blood supply that feeds the hands and wrists. Repeatedly performing stressful motions with your hand, or holding it in the same position for long periods of time, will contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Other factors include:
What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
They can occur any time and happen when holding something like a phone, or when reading or driving. Sometimes strange sensations pulsate from the hand up through the shoulder. Sensations come and go but over time they become constant.
Who is at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome?
Usually, carpal tunnel syndrome only occurs in adults. Women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel, because the carpal tunnel syndrome may be smaller in women than in men. The dominant hand is typically affected first and produces the most severe pain. People who work in assembly lines have an increased risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Also, those with diabetes or other metabolic disorders which directly affect nerves are at a higher risk
How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?
Treatment should begin as early as possible, and it generally involves resting the affected hand and wrist and avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms. Wearing a splint may also help because it immobilizes the joint to prevent further damages. Stretching and strengthening exercises can also be helpful when coupled with gliding exercises, contrast baths, ultrasound, and traction provided by your physical therapist.
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