Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs in the wrist. This tunnel is a narrow passage for the median nerve to travel through on the palm side of the hand.
Carpal Tunnel Symptoms
With carpal tunnel, the pain usually increases gradually. Some common symptoms include tingling or numbness in your thumb, index and middle fingers. You may also experience weakness with your grip.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the median nerve within the wrist is compressed. This nerve provides feeling and nerve signals to the palm side of your hand. The compression of the nerve can be from injury or bad posture over time.
Treatment for Carpal Tunnel
An early diagnosis will help the recovery time. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and will determine the treatment. Some treatment for a more mild case will be:
- Take breaks, let your wrists rest
- Avoid aggravating activities
- Apply cold packs
- Physical therapy: Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR)
If these treatments do not decrease the pain, then surgery may be an option.
We use our hands frequently throughout the day and some professions require excessive use. Some precautions we can take to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome is:
- Take frequent breaks
- Improve posture
- Watch your form
- Warm up your wrists
- Reduce your force and relax your grip