Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Most people have heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), but do you know what causes it? Is it due to performing repetitive tasks or does it originate from disease-related variables?
CTS is widely known to be an injury occurring from repetitive use of the hands or wrists. However, research suggests that CTS is associated with thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. Interestingly enough, the incidence of work-related injuries has declined recently with the exception of CTS; incidence has remained steady. This suggests that the link between work-related tasks and CTS is not strong.
The symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, or a combination of the three. This is usually in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. Symptoms are worse at night. Other symptoms may involve grip weakness, clumsiness, and tendency to drop things.
Treatment may result in surgery if the symptoms are severe enough without resolution with other more conservative approaches. You may wear wrist splints, especially at night, to help reduce direct pressure on the median nerve. A steroid injection may also be helpful by reducing swelling around the nerve to decrease pressure.
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