When someone is suffering from carpal tunnel, what are the typical complaints? When they present to our office, how do we diagnose it? Carpal tunnel syndrome is irritation of the median nerve at the transverse carpal ligament, also known as the carpal tunnel. When this irritation happens it will cause irritation primarily in the first three fingers.
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Although the wrist and hand is a small area, it consists of a complex system of muscles, nerves, tendons, and joints which work together to enable us to perform what are known as fine motor skills such as typing or buttoning a shirt. Nerve irritation can be a common cause of symptoms that affect those fine motor skills.
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition caused by compression of the median nerve at the carpal ligaments of the wrist. When the median nerve becomes entrapped common symptoms can include pain, numbness, or tingling in the thumb, index, and middle fingers. Weakness can also be present which can make it difficult to perform certain tasks such as sewing or even writing. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most studied form of median nerve entrapment which has made it at times, a default of exclusion. The fact is, the median nerve can be entrapped at many other locations along the arm, from the wrist all the way to the neck. The neck, shoulder, elbow, forearm, and wrist are all included. Continue reading “Is It Really Carpal Tunnel?” »
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common cause of median nerve entrapment. The tunnel itself lies between the transverse carpal ligament and the bones of the wrist. Along with several tendons, the median nerve must travel through this tunnel. When this space becomes compromised and the nerve is affected it is known as CTS.
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We can think of pain occurring in two different ways, acute and chronic. Pain can be categorized as acute if it’s related to a specific episode. That could include a trip or a fall, an injury on the field during a game or practice, or a car accident. These may result in pain right away or after several hours. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is pain or symptoms that have lasted over a longer period of time. Continue reading “Acute vs. Chronic Pain” »
Many will just succumb to the fact that they sit at desk for their job, and aches and pains are destined to follow. Prolonged sitting at a desk or computer will increase the chance of pain for most people. Possible complaints can include neck or back pain, headaches, wrist or elbow tendonitis, or carpal tunnel like symptoms. Although I treat patients for all these conditions, it is much easier to prevent them before symptoms make it difficult to work. Here is my first line of defense if you sit at a desk or computer for more than one hour combined during the day.
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