An Overview Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
In a day, most of all the work you do, involves your hands. Whether it’s home chores, at work while typing on a computer or even typing on your phone, you need your hands. It is an everyday affair and most of you don’t bother about it much, until something actually bothers your hand. In some cases, it can be numbing of your hand, weakness or it can also be a continuous tingling sensation. Have you ever experienced that? If you have, you need to visit a doctor or you can also Visit Us at Madhu Thumu Clinic as you might have a condition known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
What exactly is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
This syndrome is caused due to excessive pressure on the median nerve. The median nerve is the particular nerve which runs along the length of your arm and till your hand. In its course, the median nerve passes or goes through a passage present in the wrist known as the Carpal Tunnel. The median nerve controls all movement and feeling of your thumb along with the other fingers. However, your little finger is the only finger not controlled by the median nerve. If there is excessive swelling in your fingers or area of the wrist, only then it might be carpal tunnel syndrome.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome :
The condition of carpal tunnel, is mainly due to pressure on the area of the wrist on your hand. However, there are other causes at play which might contribute and cause carpal tunnel.
The causes of Carpal Tunnel are: As mentioned before, repetitive motions of your hand, like typing and mainly happens when your hands are placed lower than your wrists. Obesity, hypothyroidism, Arthritis and diabetes can also cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Pregnancy might be another factor to cause this condition.
How do you know if you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
When it comes to the symptoms of this condition, the primary symptoms are swelling and pain. However, there are additional symptoms as well which contribute to this condition. In the starting stage, there will be a numbing sensation, burning and as well as a tingling sensation in your palm and the thumb as the median vein majorly controls the thumb. At some point, maybe once you wake up, you might notice that your fingers become completely numb at night which happens as your hand is in a relaxed state. Sometimes, in the morning, you might also feel numbness in your arms which run all the way to your shoulders as well.
How can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome be treated?
Lifestyle changes: If the symptoms are due to the repetitive motion of your wrists, you need to take more frequent breaks or do a bit less of the activity that’s causing you pain and your wrists to swell. Certain stretching and strengthening exercises can help. Please consult your doctor or visit us so that we can help you with the exercises.
Immobilization: Your doctor might give you a splint to keep your wrist from moving too much and to lessen pressure on the nerves due to which the pain occurs. You should wear the splint at night to help get rid of the numbness or any other feeling. This helps you sleep better and give your median nerve the rest it requires.
Medication: Anti-inflammatory drugs or steroid shots to reduce swelling might be given to you only after consultation with your doctor.
Surgery: A surgery is the last option if none of the other treatments work. This will be decided with the doctor depending on your condition and its severity. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may not seem like a serious issue at first, but as time goes by if not treated properly and in time, the severity increases and can gravely affect your daily work and activities which you normally do in a day. It is important you Consult with your Doctor or us at Srikara Orthopaedic Hospitals so that Our Doctors can treat you and you can go on with your normal life again without any kind of pain.