Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that can make your hand feel numb, tingly, or weak.

It happens when the nerve in your wrist gets squished.

This thing called the carpal tunnel is like a narrow hallway where the nerve passes through. Doing the same movement with your hand over and over, like typing or using a mouse, can cause it.

It's not rare and some people are more likely to get it. If you have it, you might need to rest your hand, wear a wrist brace, take medicine, or even have surgery in bad cases.


• Here are some typical symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome that you should look out for:

• Burning, tingling, or itching numbness in your palm, thumb, index or middle fingers.

• Weakness in your hand and difficulty holding objects.

• Shock-like feelings that travel into your fingers.

• Tingling sensations that move up your arm.

Causes & Risks

• Carpal tunnel syndrome often occurs without a clear cause, frequently stemming from repetitive typing or wrist movements.

• Certain risk factors heighten susceptibility, with women being three times more likely to develop it due to smaller carpal tunnels.

• Familial predisposition to smaller carpal tunnels can increase the likelihood of developing the condition.

• Occupations involving repetitive arm, hand, or wrist movements, such as assembly line work or knitting, elevate the risk.

• A history of wrist fractures or dislocations may lead to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.

• Awareness of these risk factors can aid in preventing and early intervention of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Test & Diagnosis

• Hand or wrist discomfort may prompt your doctor to assess for carpal tunnel syndrome through various tests.

• Tests may include the Tinel sign, where tapping the wrist's inside checks for numbness, tingling, or wrist flexion to gauge discomfort.

• Imaging tests like X-rays, ultrasounds, or MRIs may be recommended to provide detailed insights into the condition.

• Electromyogram or nerve conduction studies may be suggested for further muscle and nerve function evaluation.

• These tests are standard procedures aimed at assisting your doctor in determining the most suitable treatment plan.

• Seeking medical attention promptly allows for timely diagnosis and intervention, improving carpal tunnel syndrome management outcomes.


• Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is tailored to your symptoms and condition severity.

• Lifestyle adjustments, like taking breaks and reducing repetitive motions, can alleviate symptoms.

• Stretching, strength training, and nerve gliding exercises may improve nerve movement.

• Immobilization with splints can reduce wrist pressure and aid in symptom relief.

• Medications such as anti-inflammatories or steroid injections may be prescribed to reduce swelling.

• Surgery, specifically carpal tunnel release, enlarges the tunnel to alleviate nerve pressure if conservative measures fail.

Living With

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) can be managed through conservative treatments like wrist splinting, rest, and avoiding repetitive movements.

In case of persistent or worsening symptoms, medical interventions such as corticosteroid injections or carpal tunnel release surgery may be recommended.

Lifestyle modifications like adjusting workplace ergonomics, regular stretching exercises, and avoidance of activities that exacerbate symptoms can help prevent the worsening of CTS.

If you experience any symptoms of CTS, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and management.


• Chronic Pain: Continuous discomfort, tingling, or numbness in the hand can hinder daily activities.

• Weakness and Muscle Atrophy: Prolonged pressure on the median nerve can cause weakness and muscle wasting.

• Task Difficulty: Reduced hand coordination and grip strength can impede fine motor tasks.

• Functional Impairment: Decreased dexterity may hinder activities like writing or typing.

• Reduced Quality of Life: Persistent symptoms can impact overall well-being and daily functioning.

• Work Limitations: Severe symptoms may interfere with job performance and productivity.
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