carpal tunnel syndrome causes

Do you feel tingling or numbness in your fingers or hand? This might be a signal of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist. (Wikipedia)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes

Carpal tunnel is caused by increased pressure on a nerve entering the hand through the confined space of carpal tunnel. There are many causes of carpal tunnel.

Heredity is the most important factor.
Hand use over time can play a role.
Repetitive motions of the hand and wrist
Hormonal changes related to pregnancy and menopause.
Medical conditions including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid gland imbalance.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can most commonly result from overuse or strain in certain job tasks that require a combination of repetitive, forceful and awkward or stressed motions of your hands and wrists.

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If diagnosed and treated early, carpal tunnel syndrome can be relieved without surgery.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

Symptoms usually begin gradually, without a specific injury and occur at any time.

– Pain radiating or extending from your wrist up your arm to your shoulder or down into your palm or fingers.
– A sense of weakness in your hands and tendency to drop objects.
– A constant loss of feeling in some fingers.

Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

The treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome will depend on the severity of the problem. You can start by performing different stretches to see if it reduces the pain. You can also put ice on your wrist or soak it in an ice bath. (Source: WebMD).

You can also rest your hands and wrists and give them a break from things that trigger your symptoms. Often it’s not possible due to the fact that it’s often caused at the workplace. To reduce the pain you can try over-the-counter meds like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.

If the pain continues you might need to contact a medical professional specializing treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. Surgery may be a necessary option if carpal tunnel syndrome continues to bother you and you do not gain relief from the nonsurgical treatment.

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