Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
What is it and who is at risk?
Carpal Tunnel Sydrome
Did you know:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the more common nerve disorders
- Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common in females than males
- It is more common in middle-aged to older individuals than kids
- Carpal tunnel syndrome responds well to treatment
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand, called the median nerve, is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist. It is one of the most common causes of hand pain and numbness.
Dr. Palmer explains symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Common Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel
- Tingling and pain
- Pain all the way up the arm
- Weak grip strength
- Decreased feeling in the fingertips
- The sensation of pins and needles in the hand
Symptoms vary from person to person. Some individuals feel pain up their arm and others are isolated to their hand.
Night-time symptoms are very common. Because some people sleep with their wrists curled or bent, hand numbness often wakes people from sleep. Shaking the hands helps relieve symptoms in the early stage of the condition.
Who is at risk for Carpal Tunnel?
Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect anyone. However, certain factors do put someone more at risk. These include:
- Job and activities can place people at higher risk, especially those that include high force or extreme wrist motions
- Older age
Women are more likely than men to get carpal tunnel. Most pregnancy-related cases of carpal tunnel are resolved after the birth of the child. Generally speaking, most cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are caused by a combination of factors.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Options
When diagnosed early, symptoms can be relieved with simple conservative treatments. However, carpal tunnel tends to progress over time.
If surgery is recommended, carpal tunnel surgery can be performed, which takes pressure off the nerve and relieves symptoms. Carpal tunnel release surgeries are usually performed on an out-patient basis or even in-office and are highly successful.
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