Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

It is defined as a painful condition of the hands and fingers caused by compression of a major nerve where it passes over the carpal bone through a passage at the front of the wrist, alongside the flexor tendons of the hand.

The common symptoms of carpal tunnel include:

  • Impaired or lost nerve function
  • Numbness, tingling and pain in the hand, wrist and forearm
  • Reduced grip strength
  • Reduced muscle control

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome become obvious as tissues surrounding the wrist tendons become enlarged and compress the median nerve. This median nerve travels through the passage in the wrist known as Carpal Tunnel.

This type of syndrome is usually seen in workers at jobs who require repetitive activities such as twisting, turning or typing resulting in numbness or tingling in hands, fingers or muscles. When the pain in hands, fingers and muscles is ignored it may definitely lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Following are the treatment methods that prove best in this syndrome:

Medicationmedicines that are anti-inflammatory are usually prescribed to reduce swelling and alleviate pressure.

Injectionsto ease pressure on the nerves, localized injections are used which help in minimizing and eliminating the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Surgery if the situation persists, that is the syndrome remains constant then it is recommended to have carpal tunnel surgery.

Mishaps landing into Carpal tunnel syndrome

In car accidents, many times wrists are injured that lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. The reason of this is delay in diagnosis. In such mishaps the syndrome plays a role of insidious and progressive injury. Also, the delay in early detection and then immediate treatment can lead to median nerve damage. It is advisable to have frequent checkups after any kind of accident, as it takes months after the mishap to experience the carpal tunnel symptoms.