The Information you must consider about carpal tunnel syndrome

Overview

 The carpal tunnel syndrome is a widespread condition that causes pain, lack of sensation and shivering in the arm. The disorder occurs when one of the most important nerves in the hand, the median nerve is compressed or pinched as it travels through the wrist

In most patients, the carpal tunnel syndrome gets worse with time, hence an early diagnosis and therapy is important. Early symptoms can often be relieved with simple remedies like wearing a wrist splint and avoiding strenuous activities

If pressure on the median nerve persists, it can bring more nerve damage and aggravating symptoms. To avoid permanent damage and take off the pressure from the median nerve may be recommended to some patients

Anatomy

The carpal tunnel is a confined passageway in the wrist, about an inch wide. The floor and the sides of the tunnel are designed by small wrist bones called carpal bones. The covering of the tunnel is a strong band of connective tissues called the transverse carpal ligament. As these boundaries are rigid, the carpal tunnel is non flexible. The roof of the tunnel is a strong band of connective tissue called the transverse carpal ligament. Because these boundaries are very rigid, the carpal tunnel has little capacity to “stretch” or increase in size. The median nerve goes down the arm and forearm, passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist and spreads into the hand. The nerve supply sensation in the thumb, index finger, middle and the ring finger. The median nerve also governs the muscles around the thumb

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

 Inheritance

This is relatively an important consideration. The carpal tunnel can be smaller by birth in some people or there might be structural difference that alters the space for nerves, these conditions might run in the families

 Excessive use of the hand

 Monotonous hand and wrist motions or actions for a long period of time may aggravate the tendons in the wrist causing swelling that pinches the nerves

 Position

 Activities that involve extreme bending or stretching of the hand and wrist for a long period of time can cause pressure on the nerve

 Pregnancy

 Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause swelling

 Other health conditions;

 Other health conditions that aggravate the symptoms of  carpal tunnel syndrome include;

Diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid gland imbalance

 Symptoms

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may include;

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may include:

  • Numbness, tingling, burning, and pain
  • Occasional shock-like sensations that radiate to the thumb and index, middle, and ring fingers
  • Pain or tingling that may travel up the forearm toward the shoulder
  • Weakness in the hand—this may make it difficult to perform fine movements such as buttoning your clothes
  • Dropping things—due to weakness, numbness

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