Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common work-related condition that causes pain and numbness in the hands and forearms. Over time it can lead to serious nerve damage. For that reason alone, the condition should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible if you exhibit any symptoms.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Explained
The carpal tunnel itself is a hollow channel at the base of your wrist through which the median nerves pass. These nerves allow the brain to communicate with the hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when these nerves are restricted as they pass through the carpal tunnel.
Carpal tunnel syndrome usually develops over time as a result of certain daily activities that result in a swelling of the carpal tunnel. Here are a few of the factors that can cause carpal tunnel:
- Constant and consistent typing on a keyboard as part of your day job.
- Other conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and obesity.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can include any combination of the following:
- Pain, tingling, or numbness in the fingers, hands, or forearms.
- Burning sensation in the fingers or palms.
- A “pins and needles” feeling in the hands.
- Stiffness in the fingers.
These symptoms can range from annoying to debilitating. If you are experiencing any of these signs, it’s important to get treatment for your condition. If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can result in permanent nerve damage.
Twin Cities Pain Management
Treating carpal tunnel syndrome can include pain medications, wrist bracing, physical therapy exercises, steroid injections, or stem cell treatments (PRP or Prolotherapy). Surgery can also be used in extreme cases.
If carpal tunnel syndrome is causing you pain or interfering with your ability to accomplish daily tasks, get treatment for your CTS today. A physician at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of Minnesota can provide you with a complete diagnosis and recommend treatment options that will help you reduce your pain. Make your appointment today by filling out our contact form or calling our office at (612) 20-SPINE.