Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful condition that affects the hands and wrists. It happens when there’s pressure on the median nerve, which runs through the wrist and up into your hand.

This pressure can cause numbness, tingling, and pain in your thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of your ring finger. It can also cause weakness in those fingers. As the condition worsens, you may find it hard to do things like button buttons or pick up small objects.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is most common in people who type extensively on computers or perform other repetitive tasks with their hands. It can also happen to people who have diabetes or arthritis or have had wrist injuries in the past—or even if there’s nothing wrong at all!

What are the types of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

There are several types of Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS):

1. Numbness

The most common symptom of CTS is numbness in the thumb and first two fingers of one hand. You may also feel tingling or burning sensations in these fingers. Your thumb may feel weak and difficult to move. You might have trouble gripping objects with that hand or performing other tasks requiring fine movements with those fingers, such as picking up small objects like coins or threading a needle.

2. Tingling

You may experience tingling sensations in your thumb and first two fingers when they’re at rest and during movement (especially when you squeeze something). Tingling may occur only at night or only during activity (such as driving).

What are the causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by damage to the median nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel of the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway that contains tendons, ligaments, and bones of the hand, as well as the median nerve.

The median nerve controls sensation in your thumb and small finger, so if you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, you may experience numbness and tingling in these fingers. The condition can also cause pain and weakness in your hand and wrist.

What are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be debilitating, but they are also treatable. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor right away:

  • Tingling in your thumb or fingers
  • Weakness in your hand
  • Numbness or loss of sensation in your hand
  • Loss of grip strength

What are the risk factors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by a number of factors, including age, repetitive motion, and genetics. It’s also more common in women than men.

Other risk factors for CTS include:

Age – It’s most common in people over age 40

Obesity – Fatty tissue around the wrist can put pressure on the median nerve, which can lead to CTS

Muscle strain – Repetitive motions such as typing or assembly line work can cause inflammation of the nerves if they are not kept in good shape through exercise or stretching.

Medical conditions like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis can also increase your risk.

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What are the exercises for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

There are a variety of exercises that can help relieve carpal tunnel syndrome. These exercises target the muscles around the hand and wrist, which are responsible for stabilizing your hands and fingers.

To reduce symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, try doing these exercises:

-Wrist Circles

Make small circles with your wrists, going clockwise and then anti-clockwise. Start with small circles and then gradually increase the size of them until you reach full arm extension. You can also do this exercise while sitting at your desk so that it doesn’t require too much movement from your body.

-Finger Stretches

Stretch all of your fingers out and then bring them back to their resting position. Do this for 10 seconds at a time, repeating about 5 times per session if possible. If you have difficulty stretching all of your fingers simultaneously, try making fists instead!

What are the treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful condition that occurs when there’s pressure on the median nerve, which runs through your wrist. There are lots of ways to treat it, from physical therapy to surgery.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy can help reduce pain and restore function by strengthening your hand muscles and increasing circulation in your wrists.

Splinting

A splint can help keep your wrist stable while you’re sleeping or resting so that you don’t wake up with stiffness or tingling in your fingers.

Medications

If all else fails, you may need to take pain medications or anti-inflammatory drugs to ease the discomfort.

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What brace is used for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

There are two main types of braces that can help treat CTS: wrist braces and wrist spica splints.

A wrist brace is a simple brace that supports your wrist while it heals. It’s typically made of lightweight materials like lycra or neoprene, and it may have an air pocket or gel cushion to provide extra support.

A wrist spica splint is a more advanced form of support that can be worn both at night and during the day. This type of brace has straps that wrap around the back of your hand and forearm to keep the wrists in place. It may also have padding on the inside to help prevent irritation from pressure points caused by tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

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