What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common and troublesome condition that interferes
with the use of the hand. It is caused when too much pressure is put
on a nerve that runs through your wrist. A variety of anatomical abnormalities
may be responsible for this vise-like pressure. Once symptoms of pain
and tingling appear, the condition frequently worsens and permanent
nerve damage may occur. However, carpal tunnel syndrome is highly treatable
if diagnosed early.
Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Pain, numbness and tingling can happen anytime, at home or at work.
But most often symptoms begin by waking you up at night. Shaking or
massaging the hand may work temporarily, but if ignored, carpal tunnel
syndrome gets progressively worse. The pain increases, the grip weakens,
and you may begin dropping things. Fortunately, appropriate treatment
is available. The earlier you have a professional diagnosis and treatment,
the more successful the outcome will be.
How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosed?
Accurate diagnosis is important because treatment for this condition
is specific for CTS.
Common Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Phases of rehabilitation include commencement of gentle passive, then
active and finally resistive exercises and ultimately a program designed
to return the individual to an active and productive lifestyle. Maintenance
exercises are frequently recommended to ensure an optimal outcome for
active participation in activities of daily living, productive employment
and may forms of recreational athletics.