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Carpal tunnel refers to a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist that protects several vital structures such as the median nerve, tendons, and blood vessels. The repetitive hand motions like typing, health problems ( hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and diabetes), and sports injuries can contribute to compression of median nerve passing through this passageway and leads to a condition known as “carpal tunnel syndrome“.
THIS MAY BE A RESULT OF:
Position of your wrists while using keyboard/ mouse
Prolonged exposure to vibrations (power tools, etc.)
The repeated movement that overextends your wrist (playing piano/ typing)
WHO IS AT RISK FOR CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?
Women are 3 times more likely to have carpal tunnel syndrome than men and are usually diagnosed at the ages of 30- 60. Lifestyle habits may increase the risk for carpal tunnel syndrome including; smoking, high salt intake, high body mass index (BMI), and more.
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
Numbness/ tingling/ pain in your thumb and the first three fingers of your hand
Pain and burning which travels up your arm
Wrist pain at night
Weakness in the muscles of your hand
CONDITIONS & CAUSES LINKED TO CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME:
Fluid retention due to pregnancy/ menopause
High blood pressure
Autoimmune disorders/ rheumatoid arthritis
Fractures/ trauma to the wrist
Inflammation can cause swelling which sometimes can interfere with blood flow.
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME DIAGNOSES
Doctors can diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome using your medical history and physical examination of your hand, wrist, shoulder and neck. Tests such as X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, and CT scans may identify predisposing factors.
SOME HELPFUL TIPS:
Avoid overextending your wrist
Keep an eye on your hand position
Use wrist splints, especially at night
Mild pain medication to reduce inflammation
Treatment of any conditions such as diabetes/arthritis/high blood pressure
Make some lifestyle changes
Physiotherapy exercises and other modalities are highly recommended
There are variety of treatments options and techniques that can help cure carpal tunnel.