Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the median nerve, which runs through the wrist in route to the fingers, becomes irritated because of pressure put on it from inflammation of the tunnel itself. This has an effect that is the same as a narrowing of the carpal tunnel. As a result, there is not enough space to allow the nerve to function freely.
Repetitive motion is a common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. People who have jobs or other daily tasks that require them to do the same thing over and over again are at risk for it. Knowing the early warning signs can help in taking appropriate action to keep it from progressing to the point that the symptoms become unbearable or some of the functionality of the hand and fingers is lost.
If you notice tingling and numbness in the palm of your hand or in your index, ring or middle fingers, you may be experiencing the early warning signs of this condition. The little finger is not connected to the same nerve, so these symptoms do not affect it. If the same sensations are felt in the little finger, the problem may be something other than carpal tunnel syndrome.
If the condition progresses past that which produces the earliest of warning signs, pain can start to be felt. It may be that it happens during the day while doing work or other activities. It can also happen at night, at times even waking people from their sleep. It may also make it more difficult to fall asleep.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can also reach the point of interfering with hand and finger function. It can be difficult to do tasks that require grip or strength. When it reaches this point, however, it has progressed past what would be considered the early stages and may be nearing the point at which surgery will be required for a remedy.
Another way carpal tunnel syndrome can impact the hands, wrists and fingers is in the range of motion. There can be some stiffness while trying to move the wrist in various directions and, at times, the individual may be unable to move it to those extreme positions at all.
In order to keep carpal tunnel syndrome from progressing to the advanced stages, it is important to intervene while only the early warning signs are present. If, however, the condition has already progressed, there is help available.
During a consultation at The NeuroMedical Institute in Panama City, our specialist can assess your condition and come up with a customized treatment plan for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more!