Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Weakness in the hands
- Tingling fingers
- No strength in your fingers
- Numbness in the hands and fingers
- Mild to severe pain in your hands, wrist or forearm
- Waking up with pain or tingling in your hand
- Getting pain or tingling when using your hand
Then you may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).
- The carpal tunnel is a space in the upper part of the palm where a major nerve to the hand, called the median nerve, passes along with nine tendons that move the fingers and thumb. Sometimes inflammation or other conditions reduce the space for the nerve and the pressure causes it to malfunction.
- For example, it can be caused by swelling of the tendons which may occur when using your hands over and over in the same way. The repetitive stress and strain causes the tendons to swell and put pressure on the median nerve.
- The treatment of CTS depends on the severity of the symptoms and condition of the patient.
- Mild CTS can often be alleviated with splinting, medications and injections.
- If these treatments fail to bring relief, an operation may be required