If you've been experiencing hand pain, numbness, or tingling, you may be wondering what could be causing these uncomfortable sensations. One possibility is carpal tunnel syndrome. In this article, we'll explain what carpal tunnel syndrome is in easy-to-understand terms so that you can recognise the symptoms and seek appropriate relief.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve, which runs from your forearm into your hand through a narrow passage in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. This median nerve is responsible for controlling sensation and movement in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and part of the ring finger.
The carpal tunnel is made up of bones, ligaments, and tendons, and when any of these structures become inflamed or swollen, they can compress the median nerve. This compression leads to the symptoms commonly associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
The most noticeable symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Hand pain: You may experience pain or aching in your hand, particularly in the palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger, or part of the ring finger. The pain can sometimes radiate up your forearm.
Numbness and tingling: Many individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome describe a sensation of pins and needles, tingling, or numbness in their fingers or hand. This often affects the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and part of the ring finger.
Weakness and decreased grip strength: You may notice weakness in your hand and a decreased ability to grip objects firmly. You may accidentally drop things or find it challenging to perform everyday tasks.
These symptoms can vary in severity, and they often appear gradually over time. You may initially notice them during activities that involve repetitive hand movements or holding objects for an extended period.
If you suspect you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, please don't hesitate to book an appointment with Mr. Kumar for assessment and treatment options.
Treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome range from non-surgical approaches to surgical interventions, depending on the severity of your symptoms. Non-surgical treatments often include splinting, lifestyle modifications, and medication to reduce inflammation and pain. In some cases, when conservative measures do not provide adequate relief, surgery may be recommended to alleviate the pressure on the median nerve.
Mr. Kumar has a track-record in treating and curing the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. Book your appointment today!