Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Keeping you from Optimal Comfort?
- Posted on: Jun 15 2016
Anyone who performs repetitive movements on a routine basis, such as typing or knitting, may develop inflammation in the tissues that surround the nerve that travels through the bones in the wrist to the fingers. This uncomfortable problem is carpal tunnel syndrome, and it can keep you from doing some of the things that you love.
If the hand and wrist areas experience numbness, weakness, and pain, you may even find it difficult to perform your daily work. While carpal tunnel may develop in both hands, it is not uncommon for one hand or wrist to exhibit more obvious symptoms than the other. Typically, the signs of carpal tunnel syndrome develop slowly. At some point, grip strength may decrease, making it difficult to hold objects or form a fist.
Because carpal tunnel syndrome has a progressive nature, meaning it tends to worsen if the inflamed tissue and nerves are not appropriately treated, it is important to recognize if you have symptoms of this condition.
Mild symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- The need to “warm up” your fingers, which are more stiff in the morning.
- A dull periodic or chronic ache in the forearm.
- Your fingers feel swollen even though they do not look it.
- Your hand feels tingly, like it is falling asleep.
- Your thumb and index and middle fingers feel numb or itchy.
- A burning sensation occurs in your hands or fingers.
Moderate to severe symptoms include:
- Poor grip strength.
- Poor strength in your thumb, making it difficult to open jars or use small tools.
- Difficulty holding objects such as a bottle or coffee cup.
Carpal tunnel syndrome may be addressed with both home care and professional treatment. Resting the overused area is advisable. If your work requires you to type frequently, take periodic breaks. If necessary, you may need to wear a brace the limits wrist movement, or apply ice to minimize internal swelling and discomfort. Additionally, therapeutic modalities such as chiropractic, physical therapy, or acupuncture may be considered as non-surgical remedies to this condition.
Action Sports Medicine and Pain Management offers a full-spectrum of care aimed at alleviating symptoms quickly. Contact an office near you to discuss your options for carpal tunnel treatment.
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