Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
As I sit here typing this article I can't help but worry about whether or not I will get carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel is the term used to describe inflammation if the tendons in the carpus, other wise known as the wrist. Overuse and inflammation of the tendons causes them to swell, compressing the median nerve. This compression is what causes tingling and numbness of the areas served and thumb movement to become weakened.
The arrangement of the wrist's bones is concave anteriorly. Ligaments roof over the cavity and form the carpal tunnel. Several long muscle tendons as well as the median nerve crowd into this tunnel. If the tendons are overused they can become inflamed. The pain from this inflammation is greatest at night. People who flex their wrists and fingers repeatedly are most likely to have carpal tunnel syndromes. Typing on a computer keyboard all day is one of the most common causes of this nerve impairment.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include tingling and numbness in the palm of the hand and fingers. The thumb, index and middle fingers are especially susceptible. Most symptoms appear at night in one or both hands. As the symptoms worsen the pain and tingling may occur during the day. Treatment for carpal tunnel usually requires a person to wear a wrist splint at night for at least two weeks. It is best to allow the wrist to rest during this time. In some instances, carpal tunnel syndrome can be a symptom of a more serious problem like diabetes or arthritis. Always consult with your physician about your medical history to determine your condition. Extreme cases may need to undergo surgery.