Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) Be On The Know.


Do you know carpal tunnel syndrome?

You are seating on a couch, watching a television show turning a deaf ear to the tingling sensation or insensitivity you have been having for a while in your wrist. All over sudden, a deafening pain passes through the wrist and finds its way up your arm. Just a passing cram? It will be over soon you would think. However, you may be at risk of having Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It is a common condition that causes numbness and pain in the hand and fingers. The carpal tunnel –a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand- encloses the median nerve and the collagenase tendons. Sometimes, expansion of inflamed tendons or swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the constriction of the median nerve resulting in some pain or numbness radiating down the arm. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can affect anyone although it is more pronounced among women than men. It is, however, curable when correctly diagnosed.

Do you know the signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) tends to come on gradually over a fortnight as a result of increased nipping of the median nerve. The symptoms are on the thumb, middle and index finger but in reality, it feels like the whole arm is affected. You may also have noticed a discomfort on your neck bone.The symptoms worsen during the night and are likely to make you uncomfortable while sleeping they become much more noticeable early in the morning. Stretching your hand or just hanging it reduces the pain and numbness. The problem may not occur during the day. However, certain activities such as writing, Do It Yourself (DIY) activities, or even fast typing can bring on some symptoms. On suffering severe median nerve compression, you may experience the symptoms your entire day and may not be able to hold heavy objects. You would also experience difficulty in doing certain activities, e.g., writing or fastening buttons.
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