Symptoms: Those who suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome often complain of aching pain in the upper arm or forearm, along with tingling, numbness or weakness in the thumb, index, middle or ring fingers. Many times these symptoms become worse at night, sometimes to the point they wake you from a deep sleep with a burning sensation in your hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome can make everyday activities like holding a pen or picking things up very difficult.
Overview: Carpal tunnel syndrome has no simple cause or easy cure. That’s because carpal tunnel syndrome includes a set of symptoms that cover a wide-range of problems involving pain, swelling and inflammation in the hand and forearm.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs from compression of the median nerve. The median nerve runs through a space in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. When this tunnel becomes constricted, it impinges on the carpal tunnel and the median nerve within.
Prolonged, repetitive activities that involve both the hand and forearm, like typing or using hand tools, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. That’s because these activities involve both extensive wrist flexion (bending the wrist upward when the palm is facing up) and wrist extension (bending the wrist upward when the palm is facing down). Activities where these motions are both extensive and repetitive can lead to inflammation in the tendons which compresses the carpal tunnel.
Carpal tunnel syndrome may be related to activities performed at the work place, but other factors like video games played at home, home computer use, pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and thyroid disease can also cause or contribute to swelling in the carpal tunnel which can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
It’s important to see Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C. if you suspect you have carpal tunnel syndrome. Left untreated it will worsen over time. There is much Dr. Suzan can do to relieve the swelling and inflammation so the affected areas can be successfully rehabilitated and reoccurrence made less likely.