Know about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Symptoms

  • Burning, tingling, itching etc in the palm of your hand, thumb or index & middle fingers
  • Fingers “falling asleep” and numb at night
  • Pain may even travel up to the shoulder
  • Clumsiness & weakness of the hand
  • Dropping of things

Causes & Risk factors

Any action that compresses the median nerve may contribute to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome-

  • Repetitive motion, like typing, playing piano etc.
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Other health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism etc.

Treatment

After a thorough evaluation, the doctor will prescribe the appropriate surgical or non-surgical treatment like

  • Splinting- to avoid the bending of the wrist
  • Medication for pain
  • Activity changes to avoid further damage
  • Steroid Injections
  • Surgical carpal tunnel release including open & endoscopic carpal tunnel release

Recovery

In the initial stages, it may recover within a few weeks. But if progressed and operated it may even take up to a year.

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