When you have carpal tunnel syndrome, it is likely that you’re going to notice the symptoms first in your hands. You may experience numbness, tingling, or weakening sensations in this area. Individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome often comment that they are not able to hold onto or grip certain items like they were able to do before the onset of the symptoms.
The reason why you will notice carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms in your hand is because the illness places pressure on your median nerve. This is a nerve that is in your wrist, but that controls a lot of the movement of the hand and fingers.
The median nerve, as well as a whole host of tendons, go from your forearm into your hand through a small opening that is located in your wrist, which is referred to as the carpal tunnel. This nerve controls your thumb and your first three fingers. It dictates how these fingers move and it controls their ability to feel sensations. Interestingly, the median nerve has no effect on your pinky finger. For this reason, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are not felt in that finger.
There are a lot of reasons why a person may develop carpal tunnel syndrome. They all have to do with infirmities that cause swelling inside the carpal tunnel, thereby making it smaller. For example, if you have hypothyroidism, diabetes, or some form of arthritis, you may be more prone to developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Individuals who have a job that requires them to make repetitive movements, especially if these movements require them to have their hands lower than their wrist, may develop this condition. Interestingly, pregnant women are more prone to experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome during their pregnancy.
In addition to the tingling or numbness sensation many feel in their hands, others experience pain in their arms and elbows. An indicator that you are dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome is if you have pain in every finger with the exception of your pinky.
A lot of individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome feel the symptoms more powerfully at nighttime. Unconsciously, they may shake their affected hand as a way to relieve these symptoms.
The only way to definitively diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome is to be examined by a physician. During the checkup, a physician will check your hands for strength and feeling and will also look at the appearance of your upper extremities. All of these things will give the doctor a good clue about whether or not you are dealing with carpal tunnel.
The NeuroMedical Institute can provide accurate diagnostic and treatment services to patients with carpal tunnel syndrome in the Panama City area of Florida. If you would like more information about our practice or are interested in scheduling a consultation appointment, contact us today!