Think about your hands. You probably never notice how much you use them until you suffer a hand injury or problem that limits you in each and every task you do on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers quickly learn that a sore hand can be much more of a problem than a “pain in the ass.”
According to Virtual Medical Center data, carpal tunnel syndrome affects approximately 2.7% of the total population.
As with many other diseases, it is best to treat this condition as soon as possible if we do not want to experience too many problems. Here are some facts about carpal tunnel syndrome so that you know how to detect it early.
What is carpal tunnel?
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), carpal tunnel is:
A narrow, stiff passage of ligaments and bones located at the base of the hand that houses the median nerve and tendons that curve the fingers. The median nerve provides sensation and movement to the thumb side of the hand.
This includes the palm of the hand, the thumb, the index finger, middle finger, and side of ring finger on the thumb side. It also controls some small muscles at the base of thumb.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when carpal tunnel is compressed at wrist, which interferes with the nerve’s ability to send messages to muscle. Any inflammation can pinch the nerve and cause pain, numbness, tingling or weakness.
10 Signs of carpal tunnel syndrome that no one should ignore
1- Burning sensation
Once a nerve that controls the hand is pinched, it tends to act in a way that it normally would not. These involuntary behaviors may include causing a spontaneous burning sensation.
2- Hand numbness
Symptoms of carpal tunnel usually appear gradually, usually one of the first is almost always numbness. It’s scary enough to feel any part of your body start to lose sensation, especially problematic when it’s a part as sensitive and necessary as your hands.
If your hands and wrists itch, and there is no feasible explanation such as a rash or allergy, carpal tunnel is probably the culprit.
4- Pain in hand and wrist
Trouble areas, such as the hand and wrist, can also experience pain in addition to numbness. If there is no obvious external cause of pain affecting these areas, carpal tunnel syndrome could be the culprit.
5- Problems grasping objects
Since control over the fingers and hands decreases, it is possible to experience difficulty in grasping objects.
6- Pain gets worse at night
While the condition and symptoms can occur at any time during the day, the condition often begins or worsens at night. It is because people often sleep with their wrists flexed, which irritates carpal tunnel even more than it already is.
7- Temperature detection
Typically, are very good and quick at detecting changes in temperature. However, a damaged carpal tunnel can interfere with the accuracy with which we sense temperature in the affected hand.
8- Hands stiff in morning
Overnight pain and other complications cause stiffness in hands to become quite stiff. Although the muscles begin to relax and sensation returns to the hands, it may still be difficult to perform simple activities such as making coffee or buttoning a shirt.
9 – Swollen fingers
Since carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused by swelling in the wrist, it is not uncommon for the swelling to also extend to the hand and fingers.
10- Muscle strength weakening
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can cause your muscles to stop working like they should. This is why you sometimes find that doing something as basic as opening a jar or the refrigerator is not as easy as it normally would be.
Keep an eye on these symptoms, and possibly save yourself a headache either way!
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