Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms most often present as a numb or tingling feeling in your fingers or hand, and can extend into the forearm. The sensation can feel akin to an electric shock. This presents in the thumb, along with the index, ring or middle fingers, and can radiate from the wrist further up the arm. Many people will attempt to shake their hands to alleviate their discomfort. Some patients may experience weakness in the hand, due to impact on the thumb’s ability to squeeze or pinch.
These symptoms tend to start gradually and escalate over time. This can cause pain when grasping everyday objects like a cell phone or vehicle steering wheel. Carpal tunnel can also interrupt sleep patterns due to discomfort at night. The disruption to rest and daily activities can be detrimental to your mental health, socializing and ability to work. It is very important to seek medical advice if you are experiencing signs of carpal tunnel syndrome, as it can cause permanent damage to nerves and muscle if left untreated.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Often, there is no definitive cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. However, there are several factors that may increase your risk of experiencing carpal tunnel. For example, symptoms are more likely to develop in women, due to having smaller carpal tunnels. Women are more likely to experience changes in body fluid during pregnancy and menopause, placing extra pressure on this area. Medications used to treat breast cancer have also been linked to carpal tunnel.
Trauma to the wrist, such as a fracture or arthritis, could cause the condition to develop. Conditions like diabetes that affect the nerves increase the likelihood of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, along with thyroid disorders and kidney failure. Your work environment could affect the possibility of developing carpal tunnel, as repeatedly flexing the wrist or operating vibrating tools can exasperate existing nerve damage.
Seek Help Today for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If treatment is sought early for carpal tunnel, you may only require non-surgical intervention. Should your condition worsen, surgery may be necessary. Do not delay. Contact FullRange Spine & Ortho today for a consultation and evaluation.
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