Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common and troublesome condition that interferes with the use of the hand. It is caused when too much pressure is put on a nerve that runs through your wrist. A variety of anatomical abnormalities may be responsible for this vise-like pressure. Once symptoms of pain and tingling appear, the condition frequently worsens and permanent nerve damage may occur. However, CTS is highly treatable if diagnosed early.
Take Action Early
If you do notice symptoms, don't wait for them to become unbearable. The sooner you see a Hand Surgeon for treatment, the more successful the outcome will be.
At home or on the job, there are steps you can take that may help decrease the risk of aggravating the symptoms of CTS.
Progressive Pain and Numbness
The pain, numbness, and tingling of CTS can happen anywhere, at home or work. But most often symptoms begin by waking you up at night. Shaking or massaging the hand may work temporarily, but if ignored, CTS gets progressively worse. The pain increases, the grip weakens, and you may begin dropping things. Fortunately, appropriate treatment is available.
Early diagnosis of CTS means you get relief sooner. It also minimizes the possibility of permanent nerve damage, discomfort, and disability.
Treatment usually beings with a splint, medication, or both. If symptoms don't subside, your physician may recommend an injection into the Carpal Tunnel, or surgery.