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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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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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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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) belongs to a group of disorders referred to as “cumulative trauma disorders,” or CTDs. The word “cumulative” refers to the cause being repetitive motion, usually fast and prolonged. Over time, the wear and tear on the upper extremities accumulates and symptoms begin to occur and possibly worsen. This can result in changes in movement intended to avoid further injury that then overstress another part of the arm, which can lead to a second injury. Like dominos, injury after injury can eventually result in multiple conditions between the neck and hand. Let’s take a look at two common CTDs…
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To fully understand how elbow pain develops we need to first understand how the muscles of the elbow are associated with the hand. This is important because the large majority of elbow problems are associated with strain occurring at the wrist and hand, not just the elbow itself.
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