What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is an issue in the hand and lower arm. When the median nerve is pinched in the wrist, it can cause funny sensation around the thumb, palm, and fingers. The median is a nerve that gives sensation to the underside of your fingers and thumb (excluding your pinky).
CTS is caused by the way your wrist is built, any inflammation of surrounding tissues caused by a fracture or other issue, genetics, or the way you use your hands. Dentists and other people who work with their hands tensed up all day are more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome than those who spend their days making phone calls. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome could also be a combination of multiple symptoms. Sometimes, there is no identifiable cause.
The Carpal Tunnel is a tunnel on the underside of your wrist which protects the nerves and tendons in this area of your hand. When the nerve is squeezed, it produces a numb, tingling, or mildly painful sensation. Those with CTS also experience hand weakness. Have you ever tried making a tight fist just after waking up? Many describe their carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms as a similar feeling.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or feel you may have this disorder, see a doctor for further testing. Upon your visit, the doctor will first take note of and look into your symptoms. Next, they will test the strength of your hand and press on the tendons to see if it causes any sort of irritation. Some hand specialists, such as Ortho VA, will even take an x-ray to make sure that there is not another cause of pain and tingling. Arthritis or a wrist fracture are other culprits of carpal tunnel-like symptoms. A doctor could also perform some more complicated nerve test to analyze their function.