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Carpal tunnel syndrome

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What is tunnel pains in carpals?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a form of tendonitis in the wrist. The condition is caused by pressure pinching the median nerve which runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. It commonly affects people whose jobs involve prolonged and repetitive use of their hands, such as those who work throughout the day on a computer.

Usually found in adults, carpal tunnel syndrome is more likely to affect women. Repetitive motions or previous injuries to the wrist are risk factors as are diseases such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Obesity is another condition that increases the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Often, patients have a combination of factors leading to diagnosis with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the hand, wrist, or arm. Tingling and numbness may affect various fingers, but the little finger is generally not affected. Tingling may also travel up the arm. The condition can result in clumsiness and even in pain at night when the body is at rest.

It is important to seek treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Permanent nerve and muscle damage can result from carpal tunnel syndrome if left untreated. Symptoms of the condition can be alleviated, or even completely relieved, through treatment.

Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment

Rest and immobilization with splints are commonly prescribed to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Ice packs can relieve pain and swelling. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, may also help with the pain. In more severe cases, corticosteroids and physical therapy are prescribed. Physical therapies for carpal tunnel syndrome often involve stretching exercises. If the condition is severe and/or not caught early enough, surgery may alleviate symptoms by relieving pressure on the nerve.

Prevention involves awareness of repetitive motions at work that involve the hand and wrist and a conscious effort to reduce force. Paying attention to posture and form may help. Taking breaks and stretching can also help, as can maintaining a warm work environment.

Treatment of carpal tunnel pains


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