Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tingling, numbness and pain in the hand characterize CTS or Carpal tunnel syndrome. This is mainly because of the compression or “pinching” of the median nerve as it traverses into the wrist at the carpal tunnel. This happens when  region around the nerve that travels through the hand is tightened.  The primary indications are tingling, pain and numbness that can be felt in the thumb and the other fingers. These symptoms normally begin in the evening where pain creeps through the arm. The hand starts to feel frail loosing its strength and over a period of time the muscles ate the bottom of the thumb starts to waste away. Frequently in 50% of the cases the muscles in both thumbs were affected.

Causes

The tightening or compression of the median nerve is the root cause of this condition. Medical conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and wrist injuries are some of the causes. It was also noted that medical conditions that makes the body retain fluid like pregnancy may cause it. Which is why majority of patients with carpal tunnel symptoms are women. Needless to say, the risk of having carpal tunnel syndrome is much higher if your carpal tunnels are smaller than normal. Most people believe that carpal tunnel syndrome was due to the repetitive movement of the hands and fingers while pounding on the computer. However, there is no proof to this claim or otherwise.

Symptoms

Tingling and numbness of the hands are some of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. The numbness and tingling can be felt in the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. You might also experience frail grip. Both hands may also be affected by carpal tunnel syndrome.

Healthcare providers will help you develop a care plan that will fit your need. Care plans ranges from ice, prescribed medications, injections, splints for the wrist or simply resting your hands and stop doing the chores that worsen your symptoms. Surgery can be an option should conservative solutions doesn’t work.

Treatment

To get better, you may need to rest your hand and avoid working with things that aggravates the symptoms. Ice packs, wrist splints and support, prescribed medication and injections may help. If not, medical surgery may be a viable option. Healthcare providers can develop a bespoke care plan that is right for your needs.