The Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist. The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel. The Carpal Tunnel is a canal in the wrist. The Carpal tunnel syndrome typically starts gradually, with a light pain in your wrist that can from there extend into the hand or forearm of a patient who is experiencing this problem. The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome also comes with a few other common signs and symptoms. These signs and symptoms include (but are not limited to):
Burning, tingling or numbness in your fingers or hand, especially the thumb, index, middle or ring fingers. Be aware that the little finger of your hand will NOT show these symptoms. This feeling or sensation actually often occurs while operating a vehicle or when being on the phone or when reading a newspaper. It also sometimes bears a patient upon awakening. A fruitless attempt to “fix the problem” is trying to “shake out” the hands to get a relationship from the symptoms.
Other signs or symptoms of the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are:
– A constant pain extending from your wrist up into your arm all the way up to your shoulder or down into the palm or fingers of your hand.
– A sense of weakness in your affected hands. It is not uncommon to develop a tendency to drop objects that you are holding in your hands.
– A constant and persistent loss of feeling in some or all affected fingers. This usually can occur if the condition is already at an advanced state.
The Carpal tunnel syndrome is specifically associated with specific manual tasks including:
– Repetitive hand movements
– Awkward hand positions
– Strong gripping
– Mechanical stress on the palm
– Strong, repeating vibrations