These and other related conditions develop primarily from activities that require repetitious use of the hand and arm. Carpal Tunnel is a sub-set of a larger group of repetitive injuries.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition brought on by increased pressure or a pinched nerve at the wrist. Generally patients feel pain, numbness, burning or tingling (like pins and needles) in the hand, wrist, or fingers. Pain may radiate up the arm to the elbow, neck, and shoulder. Symptoms may be constant, or come and go. They often get worse at night, or after strenuous activity involving the hands. Without treatment, CTS symptoms may continue to get worse. You may have increased pain, decreased feeling in the hand, and gradual loss of grip strength. Simple tasks like grasping a handle or utensil may prove difficult.
Early identification of carpal tunnel syndrome is important. If caught before nerve damage has occurred treatment includes change in activity, splinting, hand therapy, nerve glide stretches and cortisone injection. If necessary, surgery can be expected to relieve the pain and sensory symptoms of nerve compression and reverse the process of nerve damage. In most cases full nerve recovery and normal function can be expected. Even when there is severe nerve damage, surgery results in pain relief and further nerve injury is arrested. Contact Dr. Balourdas today!
AAOS Fact Page: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Dr. Balourdas’s Blog: Do I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?