Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
It goes without saying that our hands are one of the most important parts of our body. Just think about how much you are dependent on it for almost all the activities of the day. So, naturally, when it is negatively affected, it can wreak havoc and have a snowball effect.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that does exactly that to your body. Also known as median nerve compression, this syndrome weakens your hand and causes numbness and a tingling sensation in your hand.
When someone is affected by this syndrome, their median nerve, which is one of the most integral nerves in a human hand, gets compressed or squeezed as it moves through the wrist. The tissues around your flexor tendons, known as synovium, swell up, narrowing the tunnel, which ultimately puts a lot of pressure on your median nerve.
Synovium plays a vital role in lubricating your tendons, which helps you easily and flexibly move your fingers on command. However, if they swell up, they can take up additional space in the carpal tunnel. Eventually, your nerve gets crowded. The pressure that is generated leads to the overall weakness in your hand.Causes
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a mixture of the following factors:
- Repetitive hand motions can trigger the tendons in your wrist in a negative way, leading up to swelling.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Thyroid gland imbalance
- Hormonal changes
- Extreme extension or flexion of wrists and hands for a long time period.
- Heredity since in some people, the carpal tunnel is a bit smaller or there may be other anatomic differences that alter the amount of space in the nerve. These aspects run in some families.
Various researches have indicated that older people and women, in general, are most vulnerable to get affected by carpal tunnel syndrome.Symptoms
Some of the most prominent symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are as follows:
- Burning or tingling sensations in your thumb, middle, ring, and index fingers.
- Numbness in the hands.
- Clumsiness that makes it difficult for you to perform fine finger movements such as writing or buttoning a shirt.
- Shock-like sensations radiating in your fingers.
- Unable to hold things for long periods leading you to drop them due to weakness or loss of proprioception.
In some cases, the symptoms may recede and come back. But, with the passage of time, the symptoms occur at a more frequent rate than before. In addition, the symptoms are more likely to appear at night time.How 7DMC can Help You?
The most dangerous aspect of carpal tunnel syndrome is that it gets worse with time. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for your future sustenance.
The expert panel of doctors at 7DMC will help you guide in figuring out the condition of your median nerve by running various x-ray, MRI, electrophysiological, and/or ultrasound tests. Both surgical and non-surgical treatments exist today to treat this condition.
Non-surgical treatments include Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), splinting or bracing, nerve gliding exercises, activity changes, and steroid injections.
The longer you wait, the more risk you put yourself through. If you seek treatment at the early stages, then it would help in ensuring the progression of the disease is slowed down or totally stopped. Therefore, we highly recommend you book an appointment with 7DMC, speak with an expert regarding your condition and go through the diagnosis.