Do you Have Carpal Tunnel?

January 20, 2015

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According to a 2010 CDC survey, “3.1% of employed adults aged 18–64 years had carpal tunnel syndrome.” Older people and women are more at risk for developing carpal tunnel, as are those in assembly line jobs.

Carpal tunnel is essentially compression of the median nerve in the tunnel running down the wrist on the palm side of the hand. This tunnel also contains tendons for fingers. At first, carpal tunnel causes tingling associated with hand use and then it progresses to chronic weakness or numbness.

However, other conditions also have similar symptoms, including basal thumb arthritis, hand and wrist injury and diabetic neuropathy.

So how do you know if you should be evaluated for Carpal Tunnel?

If you experience most of these symptoms, you may want to see a physician about suspected carpal tunnel:

  • Frequently tingling, burning, itching or numbness in the palm, thumb, or fingers.
  • Feeling like fingers are swollen (although they do not appear swollen).
  • Decreased grip strength / dropping fumbling objects.
  • Difficulty distinguishing hot and cold with fingers.
  • Experiencing the above symptoms in the morning or evening.
  • Shaking arms and hands temporarily relieves above symptoms.

A physical exam and/or a nerve conduction test by your doctor can lead to a diagnosis. Early detection is key. Initial treatments may include, but not be limited to: a brace, rest, oral anti-inflammatory / steroid medication and steroid injections. If these treatments do not relieve symptoms, endoscopic surgery might be recommended to take pressure off the nerve. This would be followed by exercises to restore the hand’s strength and flexibility.

Are you worried you might have carpal tunnel? Come speak with a physician at CFO. Call 440.329.2800.

 

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