Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness, tingling, weakness, and discomfort in the hand and arm as the result of elevated pressure on the median nerve, located within the wrist. If not properly and promptly treated, the increased pressure creates inflammation that can significantly affect the functionality of the nerve, leading to symptoms that can be noticed throughout the arm, hand, and fingers.
SYMPTOMS OF CARPAL TUNNEL
In most instances of carpal tunnel syndrome, symptoms begin to occur gradually over time. Even though symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are more prevalent at nighttime, they can also be noticeable throughout the day when performing specific activities. These symptoms include:
- Gradually increasing numbness and tingling in the fingers that can travel up to the wrist and arm
- Weakness in the hands and fingers
- Difficulty gripping objects
CAUSES OF CARPAL TUNNEL
The exact cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is increased pressure on the median nerve that runs from the forearm to the wrist. This pressure can be the result of a number of factors, including Arthritis, previous fracture or dislocation of the wrist, inflammatory illnesses, chronic illness, fluid retention, occupational factors, and obesity.
In order to properly diagnose the condition, a series of physical and imaging tests, such as x-rays and an MRI, will be conducted to rule out any other conditions. Possible interventions may include therapy, medication or bracing. In severe cases that have not responded to other treatments, surgery may be the best option for diminishing the symptoms.