Although CTS is reasonably common, there are often overlapping symptoms from other neurological conditions that can contribute. Holding your arm and hands in one position causes pressure on the median nerve in the wrist, which is commonly known as carpal tunnel syndrome. This disorder affects more than 3 million people every year.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can occur at any time and vary from person to person and may be in one hand or both.
- Tingling - begins with index & middle finger
- Pain - which can travel to forearm & shoulder
- Numbness - in fingers & palm of hand
- Weakness - in fingers & or thumbs
Managing and Treating CTS
A full medical and physical after imaging such as MRI’s and special nerve testing are the first measures to begin your treatment. There are general ways to relieve symptoms such as raising the hand or hanging it down, however when symptoms persist or become severe varied treatments become necessary.