Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Below you will find more information about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition wherein the carpal tunnel's median nerve is pinched or entrapped due to swelling tendons or nerve or both. Carpal tunnel safeguards the major nerve to the hand, as well as the nine tendons responsible for bending the fingers. When pressure is placed on this major nerve, it causes pain, muscle weakness, and paresthesias in the hand and forearm.

Diagnosis

Carpal tunnel syndrome is typically diagnosed through results of medical history, hand diagram, and physical exam. If severe symptoms are experienced, additional testing is required, such s nerve testing, X-rays, MRI, ultrasound, and others relevant tests.

Treatment

The syndrome's treatment depends on the condition's severity. There are nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for the syndrome. Fortunately, most patients given proper treatment restore the normal use of their hands and wrists.

Symptoms and Signs

Most people with the syndrome experience slowly increasing symptoms, which usually begins with a slight ache in the wrist that may extend to the hand and forearm. The most common symptoms of the syndrome include numbness or tingling; pain that radiates or extends from the wrist up to the arm, to the shoulder, or into the fingers or palm; and a feeling of weakness in the hands.

Causes

The causes of the syndrome can be linked to different health conditions and activities including recurring occupational trauma, wrist injuries, acromegaly, rheumatoid arthritis, amyloid neuropathies, pregnancy, and some other conditions.

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