Have you ever experienced sharp, shooting, and burning pain into the palm of your hand, fingers, and thumb? How about pain shooting up the forearm? If you said yes, you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the narrowing of a passageway in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel contains the median nerve that helps bend the fingers and thumb. The narrowing can become progressive and permanently damage the median nerve, similar to a pinched nerve in the spine.
The continuous compression on the median nerve causes progressive injury, resulting in severe pain, numbness, and eventually loss of strength in the wrist, hand, and fingers. The tendons that bend the fingers and wrist can also become inflamed, adding to narrowing of the passageway and compression of the median nerve.
Common Signs You May Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The most common symptoms that may indicate that you have carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Numbness, Tingling, or Pain in the Fingers
Numbness, tingling or pain in the fingers are often the first signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. You may notice no feeling in your hand or fingers, which is often caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist.
The strange symptoms you may feel in your fingers may travel up your forearm. These symptoms often occur at night because most people sleep with their wrists bent, causing pressure on the median nerve.
As carpal tunnel syndrome gets worse, you may feel this radiating pain during the day. It often occurs when you’re doing an activity that requires your wrist to be bent up or down, such as typing, driving, or holding a book.
People with carpal tunnel syndrome often experience weakness in their hands. In this case, this can negatively impact your quality of life, as it may be difficult to pick up the simplest things. If you start noticing that you have been dropping objects and your grip is not as strong as it used to be, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your doctor.
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Carpal Tunnel Release using ultrasound guidance can relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome while minimizing recovery time. Most patients can return to work and their usual activities as soon as 3-6 days! This procedure allows most patients to regain immediate function of their wrist and hands following treatment.
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