Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that can cause pain and discomfort in the wrists and hands. The condition is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which runs through the wrist, and is often seen in people who make repetitive motions with their hands, such as typing or using a mouse. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can also be caused by pregnancy, arthritis, and other conditions that put pressure on the median nerve. When the nerve becomes irritated from swelling or overuse, it can cause tingling or pain in the hand and fingers.
In most patients, carpal tunnel syndrome gets worse over time. If untreated for too long, it can lead to permanent dysfunction of the hand, including loss of sensation in the fingers and weakness. For this reason, it is important to diagnose and treat carpal tunnel syndrome promptly.
Several treatment options for carpal tunnel can be done at home. These include wearing a wrist splint, changing hand positions while working, and avoiding repetitive motions. Pain can be relieved by resting the hands, icing them, and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation.
When You Should See A Doctor
You should see a doctor for a diagnosis if you have symptoms that interfere with your normal activities and sleep patterns. Otherwise, permanent nerve and muscle damage may occur without treatment. Once diagnosed, your doctor will likely recommend treatments, including rest, steroid injections, splinting, and exercises. Surgery is an option for severe cases that don’t respond to other treatments.
Regardless of your treatment, to prevent further damage to your hand and wrist, avoid repetitive motions and use proper ergonomics when working or doing activities.
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